An Fc engineering approach that modulates antibody-dependent cytokine release without altering cell-killing functions.

Kinder M, Greenplate AR, Strohl WR, Jordan RE, Brezski RJ
MAbs. 2015 7 (3): 494-504

PMID: 25933349 · PMCID: PMC4622058 · DOI:10.1080/19420862.2015.1022692

Cytotoxic therapeutic monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) often mediate target cell-killing by eliciting immune effector functions via Fc region interactions with cellular and humoral components of the immune system. Key functions include antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC), antibody-dependent cellular phagocytosis (ADCP), and complement-dependent cytotoxicity (CDC). However, there has been increased appreciation that along with cell-killing functions, the induction of antibody-dependent cytokine release (ADCR) can also influence disease microenvironments and therapeutic outcomes. Historically, most Fc engineering approaches have been aimed toward modulating ADCC, ADCP, or CDC. In the present study, we describe an Fc engineering approach that, while not resulting in impaired ADCC or ADCP, profoundly affects ADCR. As such, when peripheral blood mononuclear cells are used as effector cells against mAb-opsonized tumor cells, the described mAb variants elicit a similar profile and quantity of cytokines as IgG1. In contrast, although the variants elicit similar levels of tumor cell-killing as IgG1 with macrophage effector cells, the variants do not elicit macrophage-mediated ADCR against mAb-opsonized tumor cells. This study demonstrates that Fc engineering approaches can be employed to uncouple macrophage-mediated phagocytic and subsequent cell-killing functions from cytokine release.

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Antibodies, Monoclonal Antibodies, Neoplasm Antibody-Dependent Cell Cytotoxicity Cell Line, Tumor Cytokines Humans Immunoglobulin Fc Fragments Macrophages Neoplasms Protein Engineering Tumor Microenvironment

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