A Bispecific Antibody Based on Pertuzumab Fab Has Potent Antitumor Activity

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Abstract

Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) is frequently overexpressed and activated in metastatic breast cancers. Monoclonal antibodies targeting Her2, such as trastuzumab and pertuzumab, have become important targeted therapies for patients with HER2-positive breast cancer. Both trastuzumab and pertuzumab can reduce Her2 positive tumor burden by inhibiting Her2 signaling and inducing ADCC activities (antibody dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity). In this study, we have generated a bispecific antibody, Her2(Per)-S-Fab, by linking the pertuzumab Fab to an anti-CD16 single domain antibody. The Her2(Per)-S-Fab can be expressed and purified efficiently from Escherichia coli. In vitro and in vivo experiments showed Her2(Per)-S-Fab had potent cytotoxicity against Her2-positive tumor cells. Thus, Her2(Per)-S-Fab may provide an alternative to treat Her2-positive cancer patients.

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