Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase inhibition by Copanlisib in relapsed or refractory indolent lymphoma

Martin Dreyling*, Armando Santoro, Luigina Mollica, Sirpa Leppä, George A. Follows, Georg Lenz, Won Seog Kim, Arnon Nagler, Panayiotis Panayiotidis, Judit Demeter, Muhit Öcan, Marina Kosinova, Krimo Bouabdallah, Franck Morschhauser, Don A. Stevens, David Trevarthen, Marius Giurescu, Lisa Cupit, Li Liu, Karl KöchertHenrik Seidel, Carol Peña, Shuxin Yin, Florian Hiemeyer, Jose Garcia-Vargas, Barrett H. Childs, Pier Luigi Zinzani

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Purpose: Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) signaling is critical for the proliferation and survival of malignant B cells. Copanlisib, a pan-class I PI3K inhibitor with predominant activity against PI3K-a and -d isoforms, has demonstrated efficacy and a manageable safety profile in patients with indolent lymphoma. Patients and Methods: In this phase II study, 142 patients with relapsed or refractory indolent lymphoma after two or more lines of therapy were enrolled to receive copanlisib 60 mg intravenously on days 1, 8, and 15 of a 28-day cycle. The primary end point was objective response rate; secondary end points included duration of response, progression-free survival, and overall survival. In addition, safety and gene expression were evaluated. Results: Median age was 63 years (range, 25 to 82 years), and patients had received a median of three (range, two to nine) prior regimens. The objective response rate was 59% (84 of 142 patients); 12% of patients achieved a complete response. Median time to response was 53 days. Median duration of response was 22.6 months, median progression-free survival was 11.2 months, and median overall survival had not yet been reached. The most frequent treatment-emergent adverse events were transient hyperglycemia (all grades, 50%; grade 3 or 4, 41%) and transient hypertension (all grades, 30%; grade 3, 24%). Other grade $3 events included decreased neutrophil count (24%) and lung infection (15%). High response rates to copanlisib were associated with high expression of PI3K/B-cell receptor signaling pathway genes. Conclusion: PI3K-α and -δ inhibition by copanlisib demonstrated significant efficacy and a manageable safety profile in heavily pretreated patients with relapsed or refractory indolent lymphoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3898-3905
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number35
StatePublished - 10 Dec 2017


Dive into the research topics of 'Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase inhibition by Copanlisib in relapsed or refractory indolent lymphoma'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this