Tafasitamab: Monoclonal antibody targeting CD19 Treatment of B-cell malignancies

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  • CD19 is a cell surface transmembrane protein and is a positive regulator of B-cell receptor signaling. The expression of the CD19 receptor is specific to the B-cell lineage of lymphocytes and is expressed on the majority of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, acute lymphoblastic leukemia and chronic lymphocytic leukemia cells. Tafasitamab (MOR-208, XmAb-5574) is a humanized anti-CD19 monoclonal antibody with a Fc variant which is engineered to increase its affinity to Fc?R receptors. Increased Fc?R affinity to effector cells such as natural killer cells leads to significantly enhanced antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity and antibody-dependent cell-mediated phagocytosis. This review will discuss the preclinical pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, metabolism, clinical studies and future directions with tafasitamab.
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  • Narkhede M; Cheson BD
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  • 641
  • End Page

  • 651
  • Volume

  • 45
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  • 9