, Volume 55, Issue 11, pp 1337-1347
Date: 17 Feb 2006

PankoMab: a potent new generation anti-tumour MUC1 antibody

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Recently, we described a new carbohydrate-induced conformational tumour-epitope on mucin-1 (MUC1) with the potential for improvement of immunotherapies [29, 30]. PankoMab is a novel antibody, which binds specifically to this epitope and was designed to show the highest glycosylation dependency and the strongest additive binding effect when compared to other MUC1 antibodies. This enables PankoMab to differentiate between tumour MUC1 and non-tumour MUC1 epitopes. It has a high-affinity towards tumour cells (e.g. K D [M] of 0.9 and 3×10−9 towards NM-D4 and ZR75-1, respectively) and detects a very large number of binding sites (e.g. 1.0 and 2.4×106 for NM-D4 and ZR75-1, respectively). PankoMab is rapidly internalised, and after toxin coupling is able to induce very effectively toxin-mediated antigen-specific tumour cell killing. PankoMab reveals a potent tumour-specific antibody-dependent cell cytotoxicity (ADCC). PankoMab is, therefore, distinguished by a combination of advantages compared to other MUC1 antibodies in clinical development, including higher tumour specificity, higher affinity, a higher number of binding sites, largely reduced binding to shed MUC1 from colon and pancreatic carcinoma patients, no binding to mononucleated cells from peripheral blood (except ~7% of activated T cells), stronger ADCC activity and rapid internalisation as required for toxin-mediated cell killing. This renders it a superior antibody for in vivo diagnostics and various immunotherapeutic approaches.