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Epratuzumab (planned trade name LymphoCide) is a humanized monoclonal antibody. Potential uses may be found in oncology and in treatment of inflammatory autoimmune disorders, such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
The manufacturers in August 2009 announced success in early trials against SLE, and started two Phase III clinical trials.
July 2015 : Both phase III trials (EMBODY1/2) for SLE failed to meet their primary endpoint.
Mechanism of action
Elevated CD22 and other B-cell receptor (BCR) proteins are associated with SLE. "Epratuzumab's mechanism of action transfers these BCR proteins to helper cells called effector cells which reduces B-cell destruction and epratuzumab's impact on the body's immune system" via a process called trogocytosis. (Other SLE therapies destroy B-cells which compromises the immune system.)
- Epratuzumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody targeting CD22: characterization of in vitro properties Clinical Cancer Research Vol. 9, September 1, 2003 free full text
- Dose-Fractionated Radioimmunotherapy in Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Using DOTA-Conjugated, 90Y-Radiolabeled, Humanized Anti-CD22 Monoclonal Antibody, Epratuzumab Clinical Cancer Research Vol. 11, July 15, 2005 free full text
- Micallef et al. (2011). "Epratuzumab with rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone chemotherapy in patients with previously untreated diffuse large B-cell lymphoma." (PDF). Blood 118 (15): 4053–61. doi:10.1182/blood-2011-02-336990.
- Reuters: UCB and Immunomedics Announce Positive Results for Epratuzumab Phase IIb Study in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
- Epratuzumab flunks two Phase 3 studies; Immunomedics plummets 42% premarket. July 28 2015
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