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Expression of Recombinant Antibodies by Tumour Cells: On Road to Anti-Tumour Therapy



Monoclonal antibodies are attractive tools for cancer therapy and have now come of age as therapeutics. Their exquisite specificity, combined with their ability to activate potent effector functions makes them an ideal tool for cancer therapy. Depending on their classes and subclasses, antibodies can activate complement and/or trigger effector functions such as Antibody-Dependent Cell Cytotoxicity (ADCC) following interactions with the receptors for the Fc region of IgG or IgA (FcγR and FcαR). Over the last decade, therapeutic antibodies have moved to the forefront of protein drug development, mostly due to the formidable capacity to engineer their immunogenicity, their affinity and their functions (Mehren et al., 2003). Therapeutic monoclonal antibodies are currently being used to target either soluble circulating molecules such as cytokines or cell surface antigens following systemic delivery. They also represent exciting tools for the targeted delivery of drugs, enzymes, and toxins at the site of the tumours. In addition, antibody-based radio-immunotherapy (RIT) should make it possible to circumvent the limitation of the treatment of solid tumours with antibodies due to the weak penetration of intact antibody molecules.


Recombinant Antibody Chloramphenicol Acetyl Transferase Bispecific Antibody Nuclear Localisation Signal Sequence Chloramphenicol Acetyl Transferase Activity 
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