To determine the tolerability and efficacy of daily oral marimastat (BB-2516 in patients with metastatic melanoma and to determine the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) activity, tumour necrosis, peri- and intra-tumoral fibrosis and tumor inflammation in pre- and post-treatment tumor biopsies.
Patients with measurable metastatic melanoma who had received no more than one prior chemotherapy regimen and lesions accessible for biopsy were eligible. The first 18 were treated with 100 mg p.o. twice daily and the next 11 received a reduced dose of 10 mg p.o. twice daily because of musculoskeletal toxicity. Response was assessed according to standard criteria.
Twenty-nine patients were entered and 28 were eligible. Five had early progression (