Glasgow 2022: pipeline studies with bNAbs N6LS and maturation inhibitor GSK254

Kirk Taylor, HIV i-Base

Glasgow 2022 included new results on two pipeline compounds: N6LS and GSK254.

Phase 2 results from the BANNER study support antiviral activity of N6LS bNAbs in ART-naïve people living with HIV. Viral nadir occurred after 16 days, and post-infusion and viral rebound occurred after a median of 35 days. [1]

A novel maturation inhibitor (GSK3640254) has been associated with QT prolongation in pre-clinical models. New data indicate that plasma levels below 3 µg/mL do not significantly alter QT interval in HIV negative participants. [2]

Broadly neutralising antibodies (bNAbs)

ViiV Healthcare are developing VH3810109 (N6LS) as a bNAb therapy that targets the CD4 binding site of the HIV envelope protein. [1]

BANNER is an open-label, single dose phase 2 study evaluating the antiviral efficacy of N6LS monotherapy in treatment naïve people living with HIV.

Participants were randomised to receive either a 40 mg/kg (group 1, n=8) or 4 mg/kg (group 2, n=6) infusion of N6LS. Whilst baseline CD4 counts and BMI were comparable between groups, baseline viral load was higher in group 2 [30,833 copies/mL (IQR: 5,938 to 104,585) vs 12,259 copies/mL (IQR: 1,351 to 173,710)].

A single bNAb infusion decreased viral load by a median of 1.72 log10 copies/mL (IQR: -0.60 to -2.60) for 13/14 participants. Median response time was 16 days (IQR: 5 to 21) and viral rebound was observed after 35 days (range: 12 to 78). All drug-related adverse events (n=9) were ≤grade 2.

Participants were recruited from the USA (n=6), Canada (n=1) and Argentina (n=7) and were male (n=13/14), Black (n=3), White (n=11) and Latinx (n=10). Median age was 30.5 years (IQR: 24 to 51) and 28.0 years (IQR: 18 to 54) in groups 1 and 2, respectively.

Maturation inhibitor GSK3640254

GSK are developing a novel maturation inhibitor (GSK3640254) for HIV treatment. Pre-clinical testing identified QT prolongation following administration of a supramaximal dose of 17 mg/kg (Cmax = 7,960 ng/mL). Palpitations were also reported in a HIV negative participant that received a single 200 mg oral dose.

A two-part study was conducted to evaluate cardiac effects of the maturation inhibitor in HIV negative participants. [2]

Participants were female (30%), Black (40%) and mean age was 34 years. In part one 8 participants were randomised (3:1) to 500 mg GSK3640254 or placebo for 7 days. For part two, 42 participants were randomised to 12 treatment sequences to compare intended therapeutic (100 mg) and supratherapeutic doses (500 mg) of maturation inhibitor, a single dose of moxifloxacin (400mg) and placebo control.

Cmax levels of the maturation inhibitor were 830 ng/mL (95% CI: 738 to 934 ng/mL) for a 100 mg dose and 4,260 ng/mL (95% CI: 3,750 to 4,840 ng/mL) following a 500 mg dose, respectively. A dose-dependent increase in QT interval was observed. QT prolongation is predicted to be <10 ms when plasma levels of the maturation inhibitor are below 3,070 ng/mL. Participants that received 100 mg doses had QT prolongation of 2.72 ms (90% CI: 2.04 to 3.39 ms). Low grade (≤1) adverse events were reported by participants in part one (38%) and part two (43%). Phase 2 trials are continuing with doses that are predicted to not significantly impact QT interval (100 to 200 mg).


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  1. Leone P et al. VH3810109 (N6LS) reduces viremia across a range of doses in ART-naïve adults living with HIV: Proof of concept achieved in the phase IIa BANNER (207959, NCT04871113) study. HIV Drug Therapy Glasgow, October 23-26, 2022. Oral abstract O34..
  2. Zhang Y et al. Effects of the HIV-1 maturation inhibitor GSK3640254 on QT interval in healthy participants. HIV Drug Therapy Glasgow, October 23-26, 2022. Poster abstract P210.

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