About this program

This program aims at developing an anti-CD73 antibody for immuno-oncology. By targeting the adenosine immunosuppressive pathway, it has the potential to promote anti-tumor immune responses across a wide range of tumors.

CD73 is a membrane-bound extracellular enzyme overexpressed in several cancer types. Its expression has been linked to poor prognosis in melanoma, colorectal, gastric, triple negative breast cancer, and to a pro-metastatic phenotype in prostate cancer*.

Together with CD39, it plays a major role in promoting immunosuppression through the pathway degrading adenosine triphosphate (ATP) into adenosine. Within the tumor microenvironment, ATP promotes immune cell-mediated killing of cancer cells. In contrast, adenosine accumulation causes immune suppression, dysregulation of immune cell infiltrates and stimulates angiogenesis resulting in tumor spreading. CD73 is active on the last step of the degradation pathway, where it is the enzyme that actually degrades AMP into adenosine. CD73-blockade promotes anti-tumor immunity by reducing adenosine accumulation. Accordingly, anti-CD73 mAbs stimulate anti-tumor immunity and reduce tumor metastasis in mouse tumor models, and could enhance the efficacy of treatment with anti-PD1 or anti-CTLA4 antibodies**.

Innate Pharma has generated a panel of new anti-CD73 antibodies. The antibodies displaying the most interesting features were humanized and further evaluation of their activity is ongoing.

 * Liu et al., 2012; Wu et al., 2012; Lu et al., 2013; Loi et al., 2013; Wang et al., 2012; Yang et al., 2013
  ** Allard et al., 2013

Mechanism of action of anti-CD73

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This program is developed within the TumAdoR project (www.tumador.eu), coordinated by Dr C. Caux (Centre Léon Bérard and Centre de Recherche en Cancérologie, Lyon, France), and funded under the European Community’s seventh framework Program (European Community's Seventh Framework Program (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n°602200).