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Monoclonal antibody
Type Whole antibody
Source Human
Target IL4 receptor alpha
Clinical data
Trade names Dupixent
Routes of
ATC code
Legal status
Legal status
CAS Number
  • none
Chemical and physical data
Formula C6512H10066N1730O2052S46
Molar mass 146.9 kg/mol

Dupilumab, sold under the trade name Dupixent, is a monoclonal antibody designed for the treatment of allergic diseases such as eczema.[1][2] Side effects include allergic reactions, cold sores, and inflammation of the cornea.[2]

It was developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi Genzyme.[3][4] It received FDA approval in 2017.[2] As of 2017 it costs about 37,000 USD per year.[5]

Medical uses[edit]

It appears to be useful for moderate to severe atopic dermatitis for which it is approved in the United States.[6][7] There is also some evidence of benefit in asthma.[7]

Side effects[edit]

Dupilumab has the ability to cause several side effects including: allergic reactions, conjunctivitis, and keratitis.[2]


Mechanism of action[edit]

It binds to the alpha subunit of the interleukin-4 receptor (IL-4Rα), making it a receptor antagonist.[8] Through blockade of IL-4Rα, dupilumab modulates signaling of both the interleukin 4 and interleukin 13 pathway. In clinical trials, patients saw decreased levels of Th2 bio-markers.[9]


Dupilumab shows a non-linear rate in regard to the target.[9] Dupilumab is also reported to have a bioavailability of 64%, with the average concentration occurring 1 week post injection.[9]


Development of dupilumab was a joint effort by Regeneron and Sanofi. The latter of which provided 130 Million dollars to Regeneron for research and development towards monoclonal antibodies.[10]

The US FDA granted it priority review status.[11][12] On March 28, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved dupilumab injection to treat adults with moderate-to-severe eczema.[2]

As per the FDA, dupilumab was manufactured in accordance with current cGMP.[13] In October 2016, Regeneron posted a phase III CHRONOS trial, contrasting dupilumab with topical corticosteroids. The study showed that in conjunction with topical corticosteroids, people had a larger decrease in symptoms than steroids alone.[14]

Phase III SOLO 1 and SOLO 2 trials were also performed, which evaluated the efficacy of dupilumab in combination with topical corticosteroids. In these trials 38% and 36% of patients respectively, met the primary efficacy goal of the trial.[9]

Phase II trials for asthma treatment showed increased lung function for patients, showing increased levels of forced expiratory volume.[9]


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  6. ^ Kraft, M; Worm, M (April 2017). "Dupilumab in the treatment of moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis". Expert review of clinical immunology. 13 (4): 301–310. doi:10.1080/1744666X.2017.1292134. PMID 28165826. 
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  9. ^ a b c d e Shirley, Matt (2017-07-01). "Dupilumab: First Global Approval". Drugs. 77 (10): 1115–1121. doi:10.1007/s40265-017-0768-3. ISSN 0012-6667. 
  10. ^ "SEC 10-Q Filing of Regeneron". SEC.gov. 2017-06-30. Retrieved 2017-10-20. 
  11. ^ "Novel Biologic Dupilumab Improves Eczema Symptoms". Retrieved 30 October 2017. 
  12. ^ Walker, Joseph (2016-05-30). "New Eczema Treatments Could Be Available Soon". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  13. ^ "FDA Active Division Director Summary Review" (PDF). FDA. Retrieved 2017-10-25. 
  14. ^ Hamilton, Jennifer D.; Ungar, Benjamin; Guttman-Yassky, Emma (2015). "Drug evaluation review: dupilumab in atopic dermatitisjournal=Immunotherapy". 7 (10): 1043–1058. doi:10.2217/imt.15.69. ISSN 1750-7448. PMID 26598956.