1086P - Safety of the natural killer (NK) cell-targeted anti-KIR antibody, lirilumab (liri), in combination with nivolumab (nivo) or ipilimumab (ipi) in tw...

Date 09 October 2016
Event ESMO 2016 Congress
Session Poster display
Topics Immunotherapy
Presenter Neil Segal
Citation Annals of Oncology (2016) 27 (6): 359-378. 10.1093/annonc/mdw378
Authors N.H. Segal1, J.R. Infante2, R.E. Sanborn3, G.T. Gibney4, D.P. Lawrence5, N. Rizvi6, R. Leidner3, T.F. Gajewski7, E. Bertino8, W.H. Sharfman9, S. Cooley10, S.L. Topalian11, W.J. Urba12, J.D. Wolchok1, X. Gu13, C. Passey14, D. McDonald15, P. Aanur15, S. Srivastava14, F..S. Hodi16
  • 1Department Of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY 10065 - New York/US
  • 2Department Of Medicine, Tennessee Oncology, PLLC, Nashville/US
  • 3Department Of Medical Oncology, Chiles Research Institute, Providence Cancer Center, Portland/US
  • 4Melanoma Disease Group, Lombardi Cancer Center Georgetown University, Washington/US
  • 5Hematology/oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston/US
  • 6Hematology And Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York/US
  • 7Department Of Pathology And Department Of Medicine, Section Of Hematology/oncology, University of Chicago, Chicago/US
  • 8Department Of Internal Medicine, Division Of Medical Oncology, Ohio State Univ Medical Center, Columbus/US
  • 9Oncology And Dermatology, Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Baltimore/US
  • 10Division Of Hematology, Oncology And Transplantation, University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center, Minneapolis/US
  • 11Department Of Surgery, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore/US
  • 12Providence Melanoma Program, Earle A. Chiles Research Institute-Providence Cancer Center, Portland/US
  • 13Biostatistics, Bristol-Myers Squibb, 08543 - Princeton/US
  • 14Oncology, Bristol-Myers Squibb, 08543 - Princeton/US
  • 15Immuno-oncology, Bristol-Myers Squibb, 08543 - Princeton/US
  • 16Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston/US



NK cells play a critical role in immune surveillance and control of tumor growth. Killer-cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR) are important in regulating NK cell activation and blocking KIR function may be a key strategy potentiating anti-tumor immune response, particularly in combination with other immuno-oncology therapies. Here we report the safety of liri, a fully human mAb that blocks KIR on NK cells, in combination with anti-PD-1, nivo (CA223-001; NCT01714739) or anti-CTLA4, ipi (CA223-002, NCT01750580).


A phase 1 study evaluated escalating doses of liri 0.1–3 mg/kg every 4 wk + nivo 3 mg/kg every 2 wk up to 2 yr. A companion phase 1 study examined liri 0.1–3mg/kg every 3 wk + ipi 3 mg/kg every 3 wk for 4 doses then every 12 wk for 4 doses. Treatment continued until disease progression or toxicity. Both studies enrolled pts with advanced solid tumors. Primary endpoints were safety and maximum tolerated combined dose.


Adverse events (AEs) occurred in 135/136 pts and 22/22 pts across all doses in the liri + nivo and liri + ipi studies, respectively. Treatment-related (TR) AEs are summarized in Table 1.

TRAEs reported in >5% of pts or of Grade 3–4 from CA223-001 and CA223-002

CA223-001 Liri + Nivo (N = 136) CA223-002 Liri +Ipi (N = 22)
All Grades n (%) Grades 3–4 n (%) All Grades n (%) Grades 3–4 n (%)
Any TRAE 97 (71.3) 18 (13.2) Any TRAE 15 (68.2) 2 (9.1)
TRAE in >5% pts and all Grade 3–4
Pruritus 25 (18.4) 0 Fatigue 6 (27.3) 0
Fatigue 25 (18.4) 0 Diarrhea 5 (22.7) 0
Infusion-related reaction 25 (18.4) 0 Nausea 4 (18.2) 0
Rash, other 18 (13.2) 0 Decreased appetite 4 (18.2) 0
Diarrhea 12 (8.8) 1 (0.7) Vomiting 4 (18.2) 0
Rash maculopapular 11 (8.1) 2 (1.5) Chills 4 (18.2) 0
Amylase increased 10 (7.4) 3 (2.2) Rash, other 3 (13.6) 0
Nausea 8 (5.9) 0 Rash pruritic 3 (13.6) 0
Dry mouth 7 (5.1) 0 Pyrexia 3 (13.6) 0
Pyrexia 7 (5.1) 0 Hyperhidrosis 2 (9.1) 0
Arthralgia 7 (5.1) 0 Rash maculopapular 2 (9.1) 0
Lipase increased 6 (4.4) 4 (2.9) Headache 2 (9.1) 0
Leukopenia 4 (2.9) 1 (0.7) Pruritus 2 (9.1) 1 (4.5)
Hypophosphatemia 3 (2.2) 2 (1.5) Hypertension 2 (9.1) 0
Hypopituitarism 1 (4.5) 1 (4.5)
Rash erythematous 1 (4.5) 1 (4.5)
Of pts receiving liri + nivo, 10 (7.4%) pts developed serious TRAEs (n = 1 Grade 4 thrombocytopenia, n = 1 each Grade 3 pancreatitis or radiation skin injury). Two pts had DLTs (iridocyclitis and rash) with liri + ipi. No dose-related trends occurred in any AE up to the maximum tested dose of liri 3 mg/kg + nivo or ipi. No TR deaths occurred in either study.


Liri + nivo or ipi was tolerable in pts with advanced solid tumors. The larger number of pts treated with liri + nivo demonstrated safety consistent with nivo monotherapy, with the exception of increased infusion-related reactions, which were manageable. These data support ongoing evaluation of liri + nivo.

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Legal entity responsible for the study

Sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb


Sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb


R.E. Sanborn: Grants from Bristol-Meyers Squibb, during the conduct of the study; grants and other from Medimmune, other from Seattle Genetics, other from Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, other from Merck, outside the submitted work. G.T. Gibney: Personal fees from MERCK, personal fees from Novartis, outside the submitted work. N. Rizvi: Consulting for astrazeneca, merck, roche, novartis, lilly Co-founder and shareholder, gritstone oncology. W.H. Sharfman: Grants from BMS, during the conduct of the study; personal fees from Merck, personal fees from Castle Bioscience, outside the submitted work. S.L. Topalian: Grants from Bristol-Myers Squibb; personal fees from Five Prime Therapeutics, GlaxoSmithKline, ImaginAb, & Jounce Therapeutics, Melanoma Research Alliance; Patents with Bristol-Myers Squibb, MedImmune/AstraZeneca, and Potenza Therapeutics. W.J. Urba: Celldex and Medimmune. J.D. Wolchok: Dr. Wolchok reports grants from Bristol Myers Squibb, grants from Merck, grants from Medimmune, grants from Genentech, during the conduct of the study; other from BMS, other from Merck, other from Genentech, other from Medimmune. X. Gu, C. Passey, D. McDonald, P. Aanur, S. Srivastava: Employee of BMS. F.S. Hodi: Research support form Bristol-Myers Squibb to institution. All other authors have declared no conflicts of interest.