Brentuximab vedotin

MAbs. 2012 Jul-Aug;4(4):458-65. doi: 10.4161/mabs.20230. Epub 2012 Jul 1.


Brentuximab vedotin (SGN-35; Adcetris®) is an anti-CD30 antibody conjugated via a protease-cleavable linker to the potent anti-microtubule agent monomethyl auristatin E (MMAE). Following binding to CD30, brentuximab vedotin is rapidly internalized and transported to lysosomes where MMAE is released and binds to tubulin, leading to cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. Several trials have shown durable antitumor activity with a manageable safety profile in patients with relapsed/refractory Hodgkin lymphoma, systemic anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or primary cutaneous CD30-positive lymphoproliferative disorders. Peripheral sensory neuropathy is a significant adverse event associated with brentuximab vedotin administration. Neuropathy symptoms are cumulative and dose-related. Multiple ongoing trials are currently evaluating brentuximab vedotin alone or in combination with other agents in relapsed/refractory patients, as well as patients with newly diagnosed disease.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Apoptosis / drug effects*
  • Apoptosis / immunology
  • Brentuximab Vedotin
  • Cell Cycle Checkpoints / drug effects*
  • Cell Cycle Checkpoints / immunology
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Hodgkin Disease / drug therapy*
  • Hodgkin Disease / immunology
  • Hodgkin Disease / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Immunoconjugates / immunology
  • Immunoconjugates / metabolism
  • Immunoconjugates / therapeutic use*
  • Ki-1 Antigen / immunology
  • Ki-1 Antigen / metabolism
  • Oligopeptides / immunology
  • Oligopeptides / metabolism
  • Protein Binding / immunology
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Immunoconjugates
  • Ki-1 Antigen
  • Oligopeptides
  • Brentuximab Vedotin
  • monomethyl auristatin E