Purpose: Heparin-binding epidermal growth factor (EGF)-like growth factor (HB-EGF) is a member of the EGF family and plays a pivotal role in tumor progression in ovarian cancer. We developed an anti-HB-EGF monoclonal antibody (mAb) and investigated its antitumor activities in vitro and in vivo to evaluate its potential as a therapeutic antibody against ovarian cancer. Experimental Design: We prepared mAbs from HB-EGF null mice immunized with recombinant human soluble HB-EGF and evaluated their binding and neutralizing activity against HB-EGF. Next, we generated a mouse-human chimeric antibody and examined its in vitro and in vivo antitumor activities. Results: Two murine anti-HB-EGF mAbs were developed, and one of them, KM3566, was revealed to have a high binding reactivity for membrane-anchored HB-EGF (pro-HB-EGF) expressed on the cell surface, as well as neutralizing activity against growth promoting activity of soluble HB-EGF. The mouse-human chimeric counterpart for KM3566 (cKM3566) induced dose-dependent antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) against cancer cells expressing HB-EGF in vitro, and significantly inhibited tumor growth in severe combined immunodeficient mice inoculated with MCAS or ES-2 human ovarian cancer cells. Conclusions: A novel anti-HB-EGF chimeric antibody, cKM3566, with two antitumor mechanisms, neutralization and ADCC, exhibits potent in vivo antitumor activity. These results indicate that cKM3566 is a promising antiovarian cancer therapeutic antibody.
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