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Improved CAR T-cells - Bispecific chimeric antigen receptors with a CD30 binding domain

02.09.2015

Adoptive T-cell therapy is a very promising approach in the treatment of cancer. Early phase clinical trials with genetically engineered T-cells expressing a tumor-specific chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) show significant efficacy in the treatment. However, currently used CAR modified T-cells for antigen-directed targeting towards tumor cells have insufficient performance in the anti-tumor attack, e. g. less amplification and cytolytic activity after the transfer of the modified T-cells into the patient. Scientists from the University Medical Center of Cologne developed a bispecific CAR, which improves the performance of genetically engineered T-cells expressing these CAR polypeptides on their surface. The bispecific CAR comprises two antibody units, with one antibody unit being an anti-CD30 single chain antibody unit and the other antibody unit being an antibody unit specific for an antigen present on the surface of a predetermined target cell, e. g. for the tumor carcino-embryonic antigen (CEA) on breast cancer cells.

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