Immune checkpoint inhibiting antibodies have antitumor activity across several tumor types, but can also elicit immune-mediated adverse events (imAEs). CX-072 is an investigational antibody prodrug (Probody™ therapeutic), reactive to the murine and human programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) immune checkpoint. CX-072 can be activated to a fully avid antibody by tumor-associated proteases that remove the masking peptides blocking the antigen-binding domain, which may limit peripheral PD-L1 binding and therefore imAEs. CX-072 was radiolabeled with zirconium-89 (89Zr) to study its biodistribution and tumor- versus lymphoid tissue-targeting properties using positron emission tomography (PET).
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