Current Drug Targets

Francis J. Castellino
Kleiderer-Pezold Professor of Biochemistry
Director, W.M. Keck Center for Transgene Research
Dean Emeritus, College of Science
230 Raclin-Carmichael Hall, University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556


Anti-CD3 Recombinant Diphtheria Immunotoxin Therapy of Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma

Author(s): A. E. Frankel, S. L. Zuckero, A. A. Mankin, M. Grable, K. Mitchell, Y. J. Lee, D. M. Neville and J. H. Woo

Affiliation: Scott&White Cancer Research Institute, 5701 S. Airport Rd., Temple, TX 76502, USA.


The recombinant CD3 immunotoxin, A-dmDT390-bisFv(UCHT1), composed of the catalytic and translocation domains of diphtheria toxin fused to two single chain Fv fragments of an anti-CD3η monoclonal antibody was administered to five patients with cutaneous T cell lymphoma (CTCL) by eight 15 min intravenous infusions over four days. Side effects were fever, chills, nausea, hypoalbuminemia, transaminasemia and reactivation of EBV and CMV. Half-life of drug was 40 min. Anti-immunotoxin antibodies developed in all patients after two weeks. Two patients had partial remissions lasting 1 and 6+ months. The agent is undergoing further dose escalation and shows promising results in this disease.

Keywords: Immunotoxin, diphtheria toxin, cutaneous T cell lymphoma

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Pages: 6
DOI: 10.2174/138945009787354539
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