VBL Therapeutics Presents Late Breaking Research Demonstrating Immune-cell Mediated Killing of Cancer Cells by a Novel Bi-specific Antibody at AACR
"Selective targeting of tumor cells is challenging, as it requires a tumor-specific receptor, or process, that can be attacked without compromising safety. Our new data demonstrate that different solid tumors show high expression of MOSPD2 as it likely supports their ability to invade and metastasize. Our bi-specific antibody is taking advantage of this tumor-specificity to induce killing of tumor cells. We continue to advance our exciting VB-600 series of antibodies as drug candidates for oncology and inflammatory indications," said Dror Harats, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of VBL Therapeutics.
VBL research has identified MOSPD2 (Motile Sperm Domain-containing Protein 2) as a protein involved in cell motility. Previously, the Company published data on the involvement of MOSPD2 in immune cell migration, and new data presented today at AACR show high and selective MOSPD2 expression by multiple tumor types along with involvement of MOSPD2 in tumor cell invasiveness. In addition, a novel bi-specific antibody that was engineered to bridge interaction of T-cells with tumor cells, via binding to the T-cell protein CD3 and the tumor receptor MOSPD2, induced T-cell activation and resulted in the killing of cancer cells in a pre-clinical setting.
These data provide proof-of-concept for the use of antibody-mediated killing of MOSPD2-expressing cancer cells, with potential applicability to solid tumors and myeloid malignancies. VBL is developing its VB-600 series of antibodies targeting MOSPD2 for oncology and inflammatory applications.
For VBL's poster presentation at AACR kindly see the following link.
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