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Monoclonal Antibody Drug Conjugates for Cancer Therapy

  • Peter D. Senter
  • Damon L. Meyer
Part of the Biotechnology: Pharmaceutical Aspects book series (PHARMASP, volume V)


A great deal of interest has surrounded the use of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) and mAb-based regimens for cancer therapy (Dubowchik and Walker, 1999; Carter, 2001; Meyer and Senter, 2003; Trail et al., 2003; Guillemard and Saragovi, 2004). The rationale for such work is conceptually appealing since mAbs are known to exhibit higher specificity profiles than conventional anticancer drugs and should, therefore, be safely administered and potentially quite effective. Indeed, several mAbs and mAb-based reagents are now clinically approved, including Rituxan (rituximab) for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (King and Younes, 2001), Panorex (edrecolomab) for colorectal carcinoma (Schwartzberg, 2001), Herceptin (trastuzamab) for metastatic breast cancer (Yarden and Sliwkowski, 2001), and Avastin for colorectal carcinoma (Ferrara et al., 2004). The only clinically approved mAb-drug conjugate is Mylotarg (gemtuzumab ozogamicin). Bexxar (tositumomab), and Zevalin (ibritumomab) are clinically approved mAb-radioisotope conjugates used for the treatment of lymphomas (Hernandez and Knox, 2004). Many other mAbs and mAb-conjugates are in advanced clinical trials (Carter, 2001; Schultes and Nicodemus, 2004).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter D. Senter
    • 1
  • Damon L. Meyer
    • 1
  1. 1.Seattle Genetics, Inc.Bothell

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