Antibody targeting of ovarian cancer: recombinant single-chain fragments and the role of internalization

  • M. A. Bookman
  • B. J. Giantonio
  • J. Schultz


Among the factors that have hindered development of antibody based therapy are the heterogeneity of tumor antigen expression, the Hmited penetration of bulk tumor masses by macromolecules, cross reactivity between tumor and normal host antigens and unfavourable patterns of antibody internalization [1]. With greater understanding of these obstacles and the ability to engineer changes within the antibody molecule itself, there has been renewed enthusiasm for development and evaluation of immunoconjugates. Improved molecular and functional characterization of tumor antigens has influenced the design of targeting strategies and contributed to the analysis of normal tissue distribution and potential for host toxicity. Furthermore, the choice of specific radionuclide, toxin or drug conjugate has been influenced by increased knowledge of antibody internalization and processing pathways. Thus, a new generation of reagents is being prepared for clinical trial that takes full advantage of past experiences and recent advances in molecular and cellular biology.


Ovarian Cancer Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor SKBR3 Cell Flow Cytometric Assay Antibody Target 
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  • M. A. Bookman
  • B. J. Giantonio
  • J. Schultz

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