Journal Article
. 2017 Apr; 8(24):39356-39366.
doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.17000.

Simultaneous exposure to FcγR and FcαR on monocytes and macrophages enhances antitumor activity in vivo

Bingyu Li 1 Lijun Xu 1 Fei Tao 1 Kun Xie 1 Zhiqiang Wu 1 You Li 1 Jie Li 1 Kaiming Chen 1 Chenyu Pi 1 Andrew Mendelsohn 2 James W Larrick 2 Hua Gu 1 Jianmin Fang 1 
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Therapeutic antibodies are effective for tumor immunotherapy and exhibit prominent clinical effects. All approved antibody therapeutics utilize IgG as the molecular format. Antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC) is a key mechanism for tumor cell killing by antibodies. For IgG antibodies, ADCC depends on FcγR-expressing cells, such as natural killer (NK) cells. However, in patients with a high tumor burden, antibody therapeutics may lose efficacy owing to exhaustion of FcγR-expressing effector cells as well as the inhibitory effects of certain FcγRs on effector cells. To achieve more potent effector functions, we engineered an anti-CD20 antibody to contain both IgG Fc and IgA Fc domains. These engineered antibodies interacted with both IgG and IgA Fc receptors (FcγR and FcαR) and recruited a broader range of effector cells, including monocytes, macrophages, neutrophils, and NK cells, thereby enhancing antibody-dependent cellular phagocytosis. Using transgenic mice expressing the FcαRI (CD89) in macrophages, we demonstrated that recombinant antibodies bearing the chimeric IgG and IgA Fc exhibited potent in vivo antitumor activity. Additionally, in a short-term peritoneal model using CD20-transfected LLC target cells, the in vivo cytotoxic activity of hybrid recombinant antibodies was mediated by macrophages with significant reduction in the absence of FcαRI. Our findings supported targeting of FcαRI on monocytes and macrophages for improved tumor immunotherapy.

Keywords: CD20; antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity; antitumor activity; in vivo mouse model; relapse.

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