Bispecific Antibodies for B-cell Lymphoma Treatment | Oncotarget



April 15, 2024

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  • Oncotarget published this research paper on April 12, 2024 in Volume 15, entitled, “Novel therapeutic bispecific antibodies for B-cell lymphoma targeting IgM and other antigens on the B-cell surface" by researchers from the Department of Drug Discovery, Biosciences, R&D Center, Zenyaku Kogyo Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan. DOI - Correspondence to - Keiko Fukushima - Abstract The B-cell receptor regulates B-cell proliferation and apoptosis. Aberrations in BCR signaling are associated with the development and progression of B-cell malignancies, such as mantle cell lymphoma, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, and chronic lymphocytic leukemia, many of which express the IgM type of BCR on their cellular surface. Therefore, IgM is an attractive target for therapeutic antibodies against B-cell malignancies. However, soluble IgM competitively binds to anti-IgM antibodies in the serum, and these antibodies show insufficient cytotoxic activity. Thus, antibody therapy targeting IgM is hindered by the presence of soluble IgM in the blood. To address this problem, we used a bispecific antibody. We generated bispecific antibodies bound to IgM and other B-cell antigens such as CD20 and HLA-DR using our bispecific antibody-producing technology, Cys1m. These bispecific antibodies directly inhibited cell proliferation via cell-cycle arrest and apoptosis in vitro, although large amounts of soluble IgM were present. Additionally, a bispecific antibody bound to IgM and HLA-DR (BTA106) depleted B-cells in cynomolgus monkeys. These data suggest that anti-IgM/B-cell surface antigen-binding specific antibodies are promising therapeutic agents for B-cell malignancies. Moreover, the bispecific antibody modality can potentially overcome problems caused by soluble antigens. Sign up for free Altmetric alerts about this article - Subscribe for free publication alerts from Oncotarget - Keywords - cancer, bispecific antibody, Cys1m, IgM, lymphoma, cynomolgus monkey About Oncotarget Oncotarget (a primarily oncology-focused, peer-reviewed, open access journal) aims to maximize research impact through insightful peer-review; eliminate borders between specialties by linking different fields of oncology, cancer research and biomedical sciences; and foster application of basic and clinical science. Oncotarget is indexed and archived by PubMed/Medline, PubMed Central, Scopus, EMBASE, META (Chan Zuckerberg Initiative) (2018-2022), and Dimensions (Digital Science). To learn more about Oncotarget, please visit and connect with us: Facebook - X - Instagram - YouTube - LinkedIn - Pinterest - Reddit - Spotify - Media Contact MEDIA@IMPACTJOURNALS.COM 18009220957

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