TABLE 3 | Monoclonal antibodies currently FDA approved in oncology and their mechanisms of action

From the following article:

Antibody therapy of cancer

Andrew M. Scott, Jedd D. Wolchok & Lloyd J. Old

Nature Reviews Cancer 12, 278-287 (April 2012)


AntibodyTargetFDA-approved indicationApproval in Europe*Mechanisms of action
Naked antibodies: solid malignancies
Trastuzumab (Herceptin; Genentech): humanized IgG1ERBB2ERBB2-positive breast cancer, as a single agent or in combination with chemotherapy for adjuvant or palliative treatmentSimilarInhibition of ERBB2 signalling and ADCC
  ERBB2-positive gastric or gastro-oesophageal junction carcinoma as first-line treatment in combination with cisplatin and capecitabine or 5-fluorouracil  
Bevacizumab (Avastin; Genentech/Roche): humanized IgG1VEGFFor first-line and second-line treatment of metastatic colon cancer, in conjunction with 5-fluorouracil-based chemotherapy; for first-line treatment of advanced NSCLC, in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel, in patients who have not yet received chemotherapy; as a single agent in adult patients with glioblastoma whose tumour has progressed after initial treatment; and in conjunction with IFN╬▒ to treat metastatic kidney cancerSimilarInhibition of VEGF signalling
Cetuximab (Erbitux; Bristol-Myers Squibb): chimeric human–murine IgG1EGFRIn combination with radiation therapy for the initial treatment of locally or regionally advanced SCCHN; as a single agent for patients with SCCHN for whom prior platinum-based therapy has failed; and palliative treatment of pretreated metastatic EGFR-positive colorectal cancerSimilarInhibition of EGFR signalling and ADCC
Panitumumab (Vectibix; Amgen): human IgG2EGFRAs a single agent for the treatment of pretreated EGFR-expressing, metastatic colorectal carcinomaSimilarInhibition of EGFR signalling
Ipilimumab (Yervoy; Bristol-Myers Squibb): IgG1CTLA4For the treatment of unresectable or metastatic melanomaSimilarInhibition of CTLA4 signalling
Naked antibodies: haematological malignancies
Rituximab (Mabthera; Roche): chimeric human–murine IgG1CD20For the treatment of CD20-positive B cell NHL and CLL, and for maintenance therapy for untreated follicular CD20-positive NHLSimilarADCC, direct induction of apoptosis and CDC
Alemtuzumab (Campath; Genzyme): humanized IgG1CD52As a single agent for the treatment of B cell chronic lymphocytic leukaemiaSimilarDirect induction of apoptosis and CDC
Ofatumumab (Arzerra; Genmab): human IgG1CD20Treatment of patients with CLL refractory to fludarabine and alemtuzumabSimilarADCC and CDC
Conjugated antibodies: haematological malignancies
Gemtuzumab ozogamicin (Mylotarg; Wyeth): humanized IgG4CD33For the treatment of patients with CD33-positive acute myeloid leukaemia in first relapse who are 60 years of age or older and who are not considered candidates for other cytotoxic chemotherapy; withdrawn from use in June 2010Not approved in the European UnionDelivery of toxic payload, calicheamicin toxin
Brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris; Seattle Genetics): chimeric IgG1CD30For the treatment of relapsed or refractory Hodgkin's lymphoma and systemic anaplastic lymphomaNot approved in the European UnionDelivery of toxic payload, auristatin toxin
90Y-labelled ibritumomab tiuxetan (Zevalin; IDEC Pharmaceuticals): murine IgG1CD20Treatment of relapsed or refractory, low-grade or follicular B cell NHLSimilarDelivery of the radioisotope 90Y
  Previously untreated follicular NHL in patients who achieve a partial or complete response to first-line chemotherapy  
131I-labelled tositumomab (Bexxar; GlaxoSmithKline): murine IgG2CD20Treatment of patients with CD20 antigen-expressing relapsed or refractory, low-grade, follicular or transformed NHLGranted orphan status drug in 2003 in the European UnionDelivery of the radioisotope 131I, ADCC and direct induction of apoptosis
ADCC, antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity; CDC, complement-dependent cytotoxicity; CLL, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia; CTLA4, cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated antigen 4; EGFR, epidermal growth factor receptor; FDA, US Food and Drug Administration; IgG, immunoglobulin G; INFa; interferon-a; NHL, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma; NSCLC, non-small-cell lung cancer; SCCHN, squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck; VEGF, vascular endothelial growth factor.
*Based on information from the European Medicines Agency. Not recommended for patients with colorectal cancer whose tumours express mutated KRAS.

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