Tumor-Associated Glycolipid Markers: Possible Targets for Drug and Immuno-Toxin Delivery

  • Sen-itiroh Hakomori
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 113)


In order to achieve effective targeting of antibody-drug conjugates to specific types of cells, a comprehensive understanding of the chemical, physical, and dynamic properties of cell surface structures is essential. Glycosphingolipids (briefly, glycolipids), as discussed here, are potentially useful to achieve effective targeting for the following reasons: (i) They are an integral part of the lipid bilayer, and the majority are assumed to be inserted at the outer leaflet of the plasma membrane; (ii) their structure and organization in membranes differ from one type of cell to another and constitute characteristic cell surface specificity of each type of cell? and (iii) they may be more readily internalized than other membrane components, since receptor carbohydrates are directly inserted in membranes.


Small Cell Lung Carcinoma Antibody Conjugate Sodium Cyanoborohydride Glycolipid Antigen Monoelonal Antibody 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sen-itiroh Hakomori
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  1. 1.Program of Biochemical Oncology and Membrane Research Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Departments of Pathobiology, Microbiology, and ImmunologyUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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