Researchers at Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) have developed an ingenious therapeutic strategy against chronic myelomonocytic leukemia that links a cytotoxic drug payload to an antibody vector that targets the CD64 marker highly expressed by monocytes and monocytic progenitors. This selective antibody-drug conjugate spares other blood cell lineages thus avoiding the side-effects of conventional anti-cancer drugs such as anemia, infection or bleeding diatheses. Consequently, this drug-delivery tactic shows great promise against other monocyte-related diseases.
- Frontiers in Immunology
- Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development