Antibody selection for antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) has traditionally depended on its internalization into the target cell, although ADC efficacy also relies on recycling of the receptor-ADC complex, endo-lysosomal trafficking, and subsequent linker/antibody proteolysis. In this study, we observed that a bispecific anti-murine platelet-derived growth factor receptor beta (mPDGFRβ) x cotinine single-chain variable fragment (scFv)-kappa constant region (Cκ)-scFv fusion protein and cotinine-duocarmycin can form an ADC-like complex to induce cytotoxicity against mPDGFRβ expressing cells. Multiple anti-mPDGFRβ antibody candidates can be produced in this bispecific scFv-Cκ-scFv fusion protein format and tested for their ability to deliver cotinine-conjugated cytotoxic drugs, thus providing an improved approach for antibody selection in ADC development.
- Antibody-drug conjugate
- Bispecific antibody