Expert Opin Biol Ther. 2007 Oct;7(10):1583-96. doi: 10.1517/14712598.7.10.1583.


Daclizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody which binds to the IL-2 receptor on activated lymphocytes and blocks the production of IL-2. Its use is well established in solid organ transplantation as induction therapy, especially in high-risk patients where reduction or delayed dose of standard immunosuppression would be beneficial. It has been used effectively in both 2-dose and 5-dose regimens in conjunction with other standard immunosuppressive agents. The incidence of acute rejection appears reduced without increasing the rates of infection or post-transplant lympho-proliferative disorders. The agent is generally well tolerated in adults and children and there is no need for additional monitoring. Daclizumab has also been used outside the transplant arena in a variety of immune-mediated diseases with limited success.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / adverse effects
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / pharmacokinetics
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / pharmacology
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / therapeutic use*
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized
  • Basiliximab
  • Daclizumab
  • Drug Monitoring
  • Graft Rejection / immunology
  • Graft Rejection / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin G / adverse effects
  • Immunoglobulin G / pharmacology
  • Immunoglobulin G / therapeutic use*
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / adverse effects
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / pharmacokinetics
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / pharmacology
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Organ Transplantation*
  • Receptors, Interleukin-2 / immunology*
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / therapeutic use
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized
  • Immunoglobulin G
  • Immunosuppressive Agents
  • Receptors, Interleukin-2
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • Basiliximab
  • Daclizumab