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ABT-414, an Antibody Drug Conjugate Targeting a Tumor-Selective EGFR Epitope.

Al's Comment:

 This is very exciting. They found a way to target the EGFR in tumors and not in normal tissue. There are a few trials going on now for this treatment. Check for details.

Posted on: 02/14/2016

. Mol Cancer Ther. 2016 Feb 4. pii: molcanther.0901.2015. [Epub ahead of print]
ABT-414, an Antibody Drug Conjugate Targeting a Tumor-Selective EGFR Epitope.
Reilly EB1, Phillips AC2, Boghaert ER3, Vaidya KS2, Mitten MJ2, Norvell S4, Falls HD2, DeVries PJ2, Cheng D2, Meulbroek JA2, Buchanan FG2, McKay LM2, Goodwin NC5.
Author information:
1Oncology Discovery, AbbVie
2Oncology Discovery, AbbVie.
3Oncology Discovery, Abbvie.
5The Jackson Laboratory.
Targeting tumor overexpressed epidermal growth factor receptor with an antibody drug conjugate is an attractive therapeutic strategy; however, normal tissue expression represents a significant toxicity risk. The anti-EGFR antibody ABT-806 targets a unique tumor-specific epitope and exhibits minimal reactivity to EGFR in normal tissue suggesting its suitability for the development of an ADC. We describe the binding properties and preclinical activity of ABT-414, an ABT-806 monomethyl auristatin F conjugate. In vitro, ABT-414 selectively kills tumor cells overexpressing wild-type or mutant forms of EGFR. ABT-414 inhibits the growth of xenograft tumors with high EGFR expression and causes complete regressions and cures in the most sensitive models. Tumor growth inhibition is also observed in tumor models with EGFR mutations including activating mutations and those with the exon 2-7 deletion (EGFR variant III) commonly found in glioblastoma multifome. ABT-414 exhibits potent cytotoxicity against GBM patient-derived xenograft models expressing either wild-type EGFR or EGFR variant III with sustained regressions and cures observed at clinically relevant doses. ABT-414 also combines with standard of care treatment of radiation and temozolomide providing significant therapeutic benefit in a glioblastoma multifome xenograft model. Based on these results ABT-414 has advanced to Phase 1/2 clinical trials and objective responses have been observed in patients with both amplified wild-type and EGFR variant III-expressing tumors.


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