American Association for Cancer Research
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Figure S9 from Characterization of 7A5: A Human CD137 (4-1BB) Receptor Binding Monoclonal Antibody with Differential Agonist Properties That Promotes Antitumor Immunity

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posted on 2023-04-03, 18:08 authored by Helen Kotanides, Rose Marie Sattler, Maria B. Lebron, Carmine Carpenito, Juqun Shen, Jingxing Li, David Surguladze, Jaafar N. Haidar, Colleen Burns, Leyi Shen, Ivan Inigo, Anthony L. Pennello, Amelie Forest, Xinlei Chen, Darin Chin, Andreas Sonyi, Michael Topper, Lauren Boucher, Prachi Sharma, Yiwei Zhang, Douglas Burtrum, Ruslan D. Novosiadly, Dale L. Ludwig, Gregory D. Plowman, Michael Kalos

Figure S9 shows antitumor efficacy of combination therapy in the L55 NSCLC tumor xenograft model


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The CD137 receptor plays a key role in mediating immune response by promoting T cell proliferation, survival, and memory. Effective agonism of CD137 has the potential to reinvigorate potent antitumor immunity either alone or in combination with other immune-checkpoint therapies. In this study, we describe the discovery and characterization of a unique CD137 agonist, 7A5, a fully human IgG1 Fc effector-null monoclonal antibody. The biological properties of 7A5 were investigated through in vitro and in vivo studies. 7A5 binds CD137, and the binding epitope overlaps with the CD137L binding site based on structure. 7A5 engages CD137 receptor and activates NF-κB cell signaling independent of cross-linking or Fc effector function. In addition, T cell activation measured by cytokine IFNγ production is induced by 7A5 in peripheral blood mononuclear cell costimulation assay. Human tumor xenograft mouse models reconstituted with human immune cells were used to determine antitumor activity in vivo. Monotherapy with 7A5 inhibits tumor growth, and this activity is enhanced in combination with a PD-L1 antagonist antibody. Furthermore, the intratumoral immune gene expression signature in response to 7A5 is highly suggestive of enhanced T cell infiltration and activation. Taken together, these results demonstrate 7A5 is a differentiated CD137 agonist antibody with biological properties that warrant its further development as a cancer immunotherapy.