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Biomedicines 2016, 4(3), 14;

Antibody–Drug Conjugates for Cancer Therapy

Tumour Targeting Laboratory, Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, Heidelberg, Victoria 3084, Australia
School of Cancer Medicine, La Trobe University, Heidelberg, Victoria 3084, Australia
Department of Medical Oncology, Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria 3084, Australia
Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Melbourne 3010, Australia
Department of Molecular Imaging and Therapy, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria 3084, Australia
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Academic Editor: Michael A. Firer
Received: 10 May 2016 / Revised: 24 June 2016 / Accepted: 27 June 2016 / Published: 11 July 2016
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Antibody–drug conjugates (ADCs) take advantage of the specificity of a monoclonal antibody to deliver a linked cytotoxic agent directly into a tumour cell. The development of these compounds provides exciting opportunities for improvements in patient care. Here, we review the key issues impacting on the clinical success of ADCs in cancer therapy. Like many other developing therapeutic classes, there remain challenges in the design and optimisation of these compounds. As the clinical applications for ADCs continue to expand, key strategies to improve patient outcomes include better patient selection for treatment and the identification of mechanisms of therapy resistance. View Full-Text
Keywords: ADC; antibody–drug conjugate; resistance; monoclonal antibodies; cancer; immunotherapy ADC; antibody–drug conjugate; resistance; monoclonal antibodies; cancer; immunotherapy

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Parslow, A.C.; Parakh, S.; Lee, F.-T.; Gan, H.K.; Scott, A.M. Antibody–Drug Conjugates for Cancer Therapy. Biomedicines 2016, 4, 14.

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