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An anti-CD20- IL-2 immunocytokine is highly efficacious in a SCID mouse model of established human B lymphoma.

We have engineered an anti-CD20- interleukin 2 ( IL-2) immunocytokine (ICK) based on the Leu16 anti-CD20 antibody and have deimmunized both the variable (V) regions as well as the junction between the heavy (H) chain constant region and IL-2. Mutations were made to remove potential T-cell epitopes identified by in silico binding to major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II molecules. The resulting immunocytokine, DI-Leu16- IL-2, retained full anti-CD20 activity as assessed by fluorescence-activated cell-sorting (FACS) analysis, and had enhanced antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) effector function relative to the DI-Leu16 antibody or control anti-CD20 antibody (rituximab). In a severe combined immunodeficient (SCID) mouse model of disseminated, residual lymphoma, anti-CD20- IL-2 immunocytokines based on Leu16 were far more effective at a dose of 0.25 mg/kg than anti-CD20 antibody given at 25/mg/kg, despite a shorter half-life of the ICK. Anti-CD20- IL-2 was also far more effective than a control ICK targeted to an antigen with greatly reduced expression on Daudi tumor cells, or various combinations of anti-CD20 antibodies and IL-2. Antitumor activity of DI-Leu16- IL-2 was shown to partially but not entirely depend on Fc receptor (R) binding, suggesting that ADCC and targeting of IL-2 both play roles in the mechanism of tumor clearance. Based on these animal models, DI-Leu16- IL-2 could offer therapeutic potential for patients with CD20 positive lymphoma. Clinical trials are currently under development.[1]


  1. An anti-CD20-IL-2 immunocytokine is highly efficacious in a SCID mouse model of established human B lymphoma. Gillies, S.D., Lan, Y., Williams, S., Carr, F., Forman, S., Raubitschek, A., Lo, K.M. Blood (2005) [Pubmed]
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