, Volume 13, Issue 5, pp 386-397
Date: 16 Aug 2011

Ongoing Development of Monoclonal Antibodies and Antibody Drug-Conjugates in Lymphoma

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Abstract

Rituximab, a monoclonal antibody (mAb) directed against CD20, has changed practices in the treatment of patients with B-cell lymphoma. The large success of rituximab has contributed to validate immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies as a valuable strategy in lymphoma. Recently, better-engineered anti-CD20-mAbs have been designed to improve efficacy and safety. Also, new antibodies targeting other lymphoma subtypes including T-cell lymphoma and Hodgkin’s disease have been developed. Ongoing pharmacology development is concentrating on immuno-drug-conjugates combining the toxicity of chemotherapy, isotopes, or toxins with the specificity of mAbs. This article offers an overview on the development of new antibodies and immuno conjugates in lymphoma.