|Licence data||US FDA:|
|Pregnancy cat.||D (US)|
|Legal status||℞-only (US)|
|Synonyms||SGN-35, previously cAC10-vcMMAE|
|Mol. mass||149.2–151.8 kDa|
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Brentuximab vedotin (INN, trade name Adcetris) is an antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) directed to the protein CD30, which is expressed in classical Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) and systemic anaplastic large cell lymphoma (sALCL).
On 28 February 2011 Seattle Genetics submitted a Biologics License Application or BLA to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the use of brentuximab vedotin in relapsed or refractory Hodgkin's lymphoma and relapsed or refractory systemic anaplastic large cell lymphoma.
The drug was granted accelerated approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on August 19, 2011 for relapsed HL and relapsed sALCL and conditional Marketing authorization from the European Medicines Agency in October 2012 for relapsed or refractory HL and relapsed or refractory sALCL.
Antibody-drug conjugates or ADCs represent a therapeutic application that combines the properties of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) with the cell killing activity of cytotoxic small molecule drugs. The key components of antibody-drug conjugates include a monoclonal antibody, a stable linker and a cytotoxic (anticancer) agent. Monoclonal antibodies are attached to biologically active drugs by chemical linkers with labile bonds. By combining the targeting of mAbs with the cancer-killing ability of cytotoxic drugs, antibody-drug conjugates allow discrimination between healthy and diseased tissue.
Brentuximab vedotin consists of the chimeric monoclonal antibody brentuximab (which targets the cell-membrane protein CD30) linked to three to five units of the antimitotic agent monomethyl auristatin E (MMAE, reflected by the 'vedotin' in the drug's name). The antibody portion of the drug attaches to CD30 on the surface of malignant cells, delivering MMAE which is responsible for the anti-tumour activity.
In a 2010 clinical trial, 34% of patients with refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma achieved complete remission and another 40% had partial remission. Tumor reductions were achieved in 94% of patients. In ALCL, 87% of patients had tumors shrink at least 50% and 97% of patients had some tumor shrinkage. Reports from the 55th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology (2013) showed interim results from a Phase II, open-label, single-arm study designed to evaluate the antitumor activity of brentuximab vedotin in relapsed or refractory CD30-positive NHL, including B-cell neoplasms. These results demonstrated that single-agent brentuximab vedotin induced a 42% objective response rate and manageable safety profile among advanced diffuse large B-cell lymphoma patients 
Serious adverse events
Brentuximab vedotin was studied as monotherapy in 160 patients in two phase II trials. Across both trials, the most common adverse reactions (≥20%), regardless of causality, were chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (a progressive, enduring and often irreversible tingling numbness, intense pain, and hypersensitivity to cold, beginning in the hands and feet and sometimes involving the arms and legs), neutropenia (an immune system impairment), fatigue, nausea, anemia, upper respiratory tract infection, diarrhea, pyrexia, rash, thrombocytopenia, cough and vomiting.
Three to five units of MMAE are attached to the monoclonal antibody (MAB) brentuximab via the spacer paraaminobenzoic acid (marked green), a cathepsin-cleavable linker (Cit=citrulline, Val=valine, marked blue), and an attachment group consisting of caproic acid and maleimide (marked brown).
Development and marketing collaboration
Brentuximab vedotin is marketed as Adcetris. Seattle Genetics and Millennium Pharmaceuticals/Takeda are jointly developing brentuximab vedotin. Under the terms of the collaboration agreement, Seattle Genetics has U.S. and Canadian commercialization rights and the Takeda Group has rights to commercialize in the rest of the world. Seattle Genetics and the Takeda Group are funding joint development costs for brentuximab vedotin on a 50:50 basis, except in Japan where the Takeda Group will be solely responsible for development costs.
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