Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Curr Pharm Biotechnol. 2001 Dec;2(4):313-25.

Toxin-labeled monoclonal antibodies.

Author information

Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Division of Cancer Biology, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, USA.


To arm monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) with the power to kill malignant cells, they have been connected to toxins to create chimeric proteins called immunotoxins. Conventional immunotoxins contain a MAb chemically conjugated to a toxin which is mutated or chemically modified to minimize binding to normal cells. Examples include anti-B4-blocked ricin, targeting CD5, and RFB4-deglycosylated ricin A chain, targeting CD22. Conventional immunotoxins are capable of inducing responses in patients with hematologic malignancies, with dose-limiting toxicities being vascular leak syndrome, thrombocytopenia, and hepatic damage. Newer immunotoxins contain a recombinant ligand, either the variable domains (Fv) of a MAb, or a growth factor, fused to a truncated bacterial toxin. Bacterial toxins commonly used for this purpose include diphtheria toxin and Pseudomonas exotoxin. DAB389lL2 (Ontak) is a recently approved growth factor fusion toxin containing human interleukin-2 and diphtheria toxin and is effective in chemotherapy-resistant cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Anti-Tac(Fv)-PE38 (LMB-2) and RFB4(dsFv)-PE38 (BL22) are two recombinant immunotoxins, targeting CD25 and CD22, respectively, in which Fvs of MAbs targeting these antigens are fused to truncated Pseudomonas exotoxin. Both LMB-2 and BL22 have exhibited clinical activity in patients with hematologic malignancies, with less vascular leak syndrome and probably less immunogenicity than the larger conventional immunotoxin conjugates. New recombinant immunotoxins are currently being engineered and developed to target other hematologic and solid tumor antigens.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Bentham Science Publishers Ltd.
    Loading ...
    Support Center