2016  0,799
2015  0,662
2014  0,740
2013  0,739
2012  0,637
2011  0,658
2010  0,654
2009  0,570
2008  0,849
2007  0,805
2006  0,330
2005  0,435
2004  0,623
2003  0,567
2002  0,641
2001  0,490
2000  0,477
1999  0,762
1998  0,785
1997  0,507
1996  0,518
1995  0,502
Vol 51(2017) N 6 p. 887-899; DOI 10.1134/S0026893317060115 Full Text

J.-P. Mach*

Recombinant Monoclonal Antibodies, from Tumor Targeting to Cancer Immunotherapy: A Critical Overview

Department of Biochemistry, Lausanne University, 155 Chemin des Boveresses CH 1066 Epalinges, Switzerland

Received - 2017-06-23; Accepted - 2017-07-07

In view of the explosion of the present clinical use of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), not only in the treatment of cancer, but also of autoimmune diseases, I was asked to review the development of mAbs in tumor diagnosis and therapy, with some illustrations of our own contribution in the field. The initial use of radiolabeled mAbs for tumor targeting and radioimmunotherapy led to the extensive clinical application of unlabeled, "humanized" mAbs for cancer therapy, which I describe with a critical perspective. The introduction of recombinant bispecific antibodies, capable of bridging T lymphocytes with tumor cells and inducing killing of the cancer cells, was found to be mostly active in the treatment of hematological malignancies. Most interestingly, the use of mAbs not directed to the tumor cells, but to inhibitory receptors expressed by cytotoxic T lymphocytes, which trigger them to kill the cancer cells, represents a new form of active cancer immunotherapy. My motivation in writing this review was related to my long-term interactions with several Russian scientists, mentioned at the end of this article.

аnti-tumor antibodies, bispecific, antibodies, carcinoembryonic antigen, rituximab, immunotherapy