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Richter C.E.,Yale University | Cocco E.,Yale University | Bellone S.,Yale University | Silasi D.-A.,Yale University | And 6 more authors.
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology | Year: 2010

OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the expression of epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) and the potential of MT201 (adecatumumab), a human-monoclonal-antibody that targets EpCAM against chemotherapyresistant ovarian disease. STUDY DESIGN: EpCAM expression was evaluated by real-time polymerase chain reaction and flow cytometry. Sensitivity to MT201 antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC) and complementdependent cytotoxicity was tested in 4-hour chromium-release assays. The effect of interleukin-2 on MT201 ADCC was also tudied. RESULTS: High messenger RNA expression by real-time polymerase chain reaction and high EpCAM surface expression by flow cytometry was detected in 71% of ovarian cancers (5 of 7 cell lines). Although these cell lines were highly resistant to complement-dependent cytotoxicity and natural killer-dependent cytotoxicity in vitro (range of killing, 0-7%), EpCAM-positive cell lines showed high sensitivity to MT20 ADCC (range of killing, 27-66%). Incubation with interleukin-2 further increased the cytotoxic activity against EpCAM-positive ovarian cancer cell lines. CONCLUSION: MT201 may represent a novel, potentially highly effective treatment option for patients with ovarian carcinoma whose body is harboring disease refractory to chemotherapy. © 2010 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.


Ruttinger D.,Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich | Ruttinger D.,Micromet AG | Winter H.,Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich | Van Den Engel N.K.,Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich | And 4 more authors.
Oncologist | Year: 2010

Cancer immunotherapy broadly includes active immunization, as in the use of cancer vaccines, passive immunization, such as the use of adoptive cell therapy and antibodies that modulate tumor function, and immunostimulation, using antibodies and small molecules to treat malignancy by activating or unleashing an endogenous immune response against tumor cells. Currently, > 100 different monoclonal antibodies are in use or under evaluation for use as therapeutic agents in various malignancies. Active stimulation of the host's immune system holds promise for achieving durable remission of malignant disease and represents a nontoxic method of therapy if tumor-specific effector cells can be selectively targeted. However, no active-specific treatment strategy (i.e., a therapeutic cancer vaccine) has yet found its way into the clinical armamentarium, although several promising recent reports suggest that, for follicular lymphoma, prostate cancer, and melanoma, clinical benefit was shown for the first time in randomized trials with a vaccine approach. Here, we report on the key findings of the Third Tegernsee Conference on Immunotherapy of Cancer (Feldafing, Germany, July 2-4, 2009) and provide short commentaries on data presented at this meeting regarding the future role of cancer vaccines, recent developments in adoptive cellular therapy, ways to improve immunotherapeutic treatment modalities (e.g., by manipulating the tumor microenvironment), and some novel targeted therapies that are well advanced in clinical testing, all of which have implications for future oncology practice. ©AlphaMed Press.


Patent
Micromet Ag and Medimmune Llc | Date: 2011-07-18

The present disclosure provides compositions and methods for treating CEA-expressing cancers. Methods for dosing a patient with an antibody that binds to CEA and human CD3 are also provided.


The present invention relates to a human monoclonal antibody or fragment thereof which specifically binds to and neutralizes primate GM-CSF.


Patent
Micromet Ag | Date: 2011-07-11

The present invention relates to the use of an anti-EpCAM antibody for the manufacture of a medicament for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer. The present invention further relates to a method of treating metastatic breast cancer comprising administering said anti-EpCAM antibody.

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