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Konica Minolta and Forerunner Pharma Research Co. | Date: 2015-08-19

The present invention provides a method by which lung squamous cell carcinoma can be detected in a simple and prompt manner with high detection performance; and the like. The method according to the present invention detects lung squamous cell carcinoma by an assessment including the steps of: (1) performing measurement of the desmoglein 3 content in a blood sample collected from a subject; and (2) comparing the desmoglein 3 content determined by the measurement with the desmoglein 3 content in a blood sample collected from a healthy individual so as to estimate the presence of lung squamous cell carcinoma in the subject when the desmoglein 3 content is higher in the blood sample collected from the subject.


Patent
Konica Minolta and Forerunner Pharma Research Co. | Date: 2012-10-09

The present invention provides a method by which lung squamous cell carcinoma can be detected in a simple and prompt manner with high detection performance; and the like. The method according to the present invention detects lung squamous cell carcinoma by an assessment including the steps of: (1) performing measurement of the desmoglein 3 content in a blood sample collected from a subject; and (2) comparing the desmoglein 3 content determined by the measurement with the desmoglein 3 content in a blood sample collected from a healthy individual so as to estimate the presence of lung squamous cell carcinoma in the subject when the desmoglein 3 content is higher in the blood sample collected from the subject.


Patent
Forerunner Pharma Research Co. and University of Tokyo | Date: 2013-01-23

Methods that involve detection of a DSG3 protein for diagnosing cancer are disclosed. In lung cancer, the expression of DSG3 was found to be enhanced at very high frequency at the gene level and protein level. Methods of the present invention can be carried out using an antibody that recognizes a DSG3 protein. Pharmaceutical compositions, cell growth inhibitors, and anticancer agents containing a DSG3-binding antibody as an active ingredient are also disclosed. Methods of inducing cell damage in DSG3-expressing cells and methods of suppressing proliferation of DSG3-expressing cells by contacting the DSG3-expressing cells with DSG3-binding antibodies are also disclosed.


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University of Tokyo and Forerunner Pharma Research Co. | Date: 2011-10-19

With dedicated research, the present inventors discovered that not only the LGR7 gene but also the LGR7 protein are highly expressed in clear cell adenocarcinoma cells of ovarian cancer. Furthermore, the present inventors found that anti-LGR7 antibodies have antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC) activity and complement-dependent cytotoxicity (CDC) activity against LGR7-expressing cells. From the above findings, the present inventors discovered that the anti-LGR7 antibodies are useful for diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of primary and metastatic ovarian clear cell adenocarcinoma.


Patent
Forerunner Pharma Research Co. and University of Tokyo | Date: 2012-12-05

It is intended to disclose an antibody which binds to DLL3 protein. Preferably, the antibody of the present invention recognizes a region from amino acids 216 to 492 in human DLL3 having the amino acid sequence as set forth in SEQ ID NO: 1. The present invention also provides a pharmaceutical composition, for example, an anticancer agent, comprising the antibody of the present invention as an active ingredient. The present invention further discloses a method for diagnosing cancer using the antibody of the present invention and a diagnostic drug for cancer comprising the antibody of the present invention.


Patent
University of Tokyo and Forerunner Pharma Research Co. | Date: 2012-02-22

[Problem to be Solved] An object of the present invention is to provide novel means for the treatment and diagnosis of cancer. [Solution] The present inventors have obtained a monoclonal antibody against TMPRSS11E and found that this antibody binds to a native form of TMPRSS11E, and TMPRSS11E is highly expressed on the cell membranes of cancer cell lines in flow cytometry. This antibody exhibits antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity activity (ADCC activity) and antitumor effect based on internalization activity and is promising as a therapeutic target. Moreover, this antibody has neutralization activity against protease activity and is also expected to have effect brought about by the inhibition of TMPRSS11E functions.


Patent
Forerunner Pharma Research Co. | Date: 2012-06-27

An anti-HB-EGF antibody having an internalizing activity is disclosed. A cytotoxic substance is preferably bound to the anti-HB-EGF antibody of the present invention. Also provided are an anti-cancer agent and a cell proliferation inhibitor, which comprise the antibody of the present invention as an active ingredient, a method of treating cancer and a method of diagnosing cancer, which comprise the administration of the antibody of the present invention. Cancers that can be treated by the anti-cancer agent of the present invention include pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, esophageal cancer, melanoma, colorectal cancer, gastric cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cervical cancer, breast cancer, bladder cancer, brain tumors, and hematological cancers.


Patent
Forerunner Pharma Research Co. | Date: 2011-02-25

Based on an anti-ICAM3 antibody obtained by immunizing a mouse with BaF3 cells having artificially over-expressed ICAM3, a chimeric antibody has been successfully prepared which exerts cytotoxic actions, including both a proliferation-suppressing activity and an ADCC activity, on a blood cancer cell line, and which exerts a tumor regression activity in vivo.


Patent
Forerunner Pharma Research Co. | Date: 2012-04-04

The present inventors identified inhibition of a combination of EGFR ligands that serve as targets for inhibition of cancer cell proliferation. More specifically, EREG antagonists and TGF antagonists were found to be useful as inhibitors of cell growth. The present invention relates to pharmaceutical compositions containing EGF family ligand antagonists as components.


Patent
Forerunner Pharma Research Co. | Date: 2011-11-23

The present invention provides antibodies that bind to HS6ST2 proteins, pharmaceutical compositions comprising the antibodies as active ingredients, methods for diagnosing cancer using the antibodies, HS6ST2 proteins conjugated to cytotoxic agents and pharmaceutical compositions comprising the HS6ST2 proteins as active ingredients.

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