the future of treatment for pancreatic cancer – kill the STEM cells

EpCAM/CD3-Bispecific T-cell Engaging Antibody MT110 Eliminates Primary Human Pancreatic Cancer Stem Cells

  1. .    Michele Cioffi1, Jorge Dorado1, Patrick A. Baeuerle2, and Christopher Heeschen1


Purpose: Tumor-initiating cells with stem-like properties, also termed cancer stem cells (CSC), have been shown to sustain tumor growth as well as metastasis and are highly resistant to chemotherapy. Because pancreatic CSCs have been isolated on the basis of EpCAM expression, we investigated whether a targeted immunotherapy to EpCAM using the bispecific T-cell-engaging antibody MT110 is capable of eradicating CSCs.

Conclusions: Cytotoxic T cells can be effectively redirected against primary human pancreatic cancer cells by T-cell-engaging BiTE antibody MT110 including a subpopulation of highly tumorigenic CSCs.


Clin Cancer Res; 18(2); 465-74. ©2011 AACR.


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