Therapeutic thresholds for golimumab serum concentrations during induction and maintenance therapy in ulcerative colitis: results from the GO-LEVEL study

Mark A. Samaan*, Georgina Cunningham, Aravind Gokul Tamilarasan, Luisa Beltran, Polychronis Pavlidis, Shuvra Ray, Joel Mawdsley, Simon H. Anderson, Jeremy D. Sanderson, Zehra Arkir, Peter M. Irving

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Background: Significant associations between serum golimumab concentrations and favourable outcomes have been observed during both induction and maintenance therapy in ulcerative colitis (UC). However, data regarding optimal therapeutic serum golimumab concentration thresholds are limited. Aims: To identify optimal serum golimumab concentration thresholds during induction and maintenance treatment with golimumab. Methods: GO-LEVEL was an open label, phase IV study that included a prospective cohort of UC patients commencing golimumab, as well as a cross-sectional cohort receiving maintenance treatment. Patients commencing induction for active UC (defined as a simple clinical colitis activity index [SCCAI] >5 in addition to a raised faecal calprotectin [FC] >59μg/g or, raised C-reactive protein [CRP] [>5mg/L] or, Mayo endoscopic disease activity 2 or 3) were evaluated at weeks 6, 10 and 14. Patients receiving maintenance therapy were recruited either at the point of flare or during remission. Combined clinical-biochemical remission was defined as SCCAI ≤2 and FC <250μg/g. Serum golimumab concentrations were measured using a commercially available ELISA (LISATRACKER, Theradiag). Results: Thirty-nine patients were included in the induction cohort, of whom 15 (38%) achieved combined clinical-biochemical remission at week 6. The median serum golimumab concentration of those in combined clinical-biochemical remission was significantly higher than those who were not (5.0 vs 3.1 μg/mL, respectively, P = 0.03). Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis demonstrated 3.8 μg/mL as the optimal threshold (sensitivity 0.71, specificity 0.65, area under curve [AUC] 0.72, positive predictive value [PPV] 0.59 and negative predictive value [NPV] 0.79). Sixty-three patients were included in the maintenance cohort; 31 (49%) were in combined remission, 32 (51%) were not. The median serum golimumab concentration of those in combined remission was significantly higher (2.9 vs 2.1 μg/mL, respectively, P = 0.01). ROC curve analysis demonstrated 2.4 μg/mL as the optimal threshold (sensitivity 0.68, specificity 0.66, AUC 0.68, PPV 0.65 and NPV 0.66). Conclusions: GO-LEVEL (NCT03124121) offers further evidence regarding golimumab's exposure-response relationship. Clinicians may consider using therapeutic drug monitoring to optimise golimumab dosing aiming to achieve our suggested therapeutic thresholds of 3.8 μg/mL at week 6 and 2.4 μg/mL during maintenance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-302
Number of pages11
JournalAlimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020

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