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Immunotherapy. 2015;7(11):1187-99. doi: 10.2217/imt.15.77. Epub 2015 Sep 15.

Targeting B-cell maturation antigen in multiple myeloma.

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Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center, Department of Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, 450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215, USA.


Novel effective immunotherapies are needed for patients with multiple myeloma (MM), since disease recurrence remains a major obstacle. B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA), a cell surface protein universally expressed on malignant plasma cells , has emerged as a very selective antigen to be targeted in novel treatments for MM. We here first review BCMA-related biology, and then highlight the recent clinical development of a novel afucosylated anti-BCMA monoclonal antibody conjugated with monomethyl auristatin F via noncleavable linker (GSK2857916). Chimeric antigen receptor-expressing T cells targeting BCMA may also induce specific and durable anti-MM responses by patients' own effector cells. Clinical trials testing these two approaches (NCT02064387, NCT02215967) are currently ongoing in relapsed and refractory MM patients.


ADC; B-cell maturation antigen; BCMA; BM; CAR-T; CAR-expressing T cells; Fc-engineered therapeutic antibody; MM; antibody drug conjugate; bone marrow; chimeric antigen receptor; microenvironment; multiple myeloma; targeted immunotherapy

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Financial & competing interests disclosure Y-T Tai is a consultant for Onyx. KC Anderson serves on advisory boards to Onyx, Celgene, Gilead, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis and is a scientific founder of Acetylon and Oncopep. Funding: NIH grants RO1050947, PO1-CA078378 and DF/HCC SPORE in Multiple Myeloma P50CA100707; KC Anderson is an American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor. The authors have no other relevant affiliations or financial involvement with any organization or entity with a financial interest in or financial conflict with the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript apart from those disclosed. No writing assistance was utilized in the production of this manuscript.

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