Anti-CD22 and anti-CD79B antibody drug conjugates are active in different molecular diffuse large B-cell lymphoma subtypes

Leukemia. 2015 Jul;29(7):1578-86. doi: 10.1038/leu.2015.48. Epub 2015 Feb 24.


Antibody drug conjugates (ADCs), in which cytotoxic drugs are linked to antibodies targeting antigens on tumor cells, represent promising novel agents for the treatment of malignant lymphomas. Pinatuzumab vedotin is an anti-CD22 ADC and polatuzumab vedotin an anti-CD79B ADC that are both linked to the microtubule-disrupting agent monomethyl auristatin E (MMAE). In the present study, we analyzed the activity of these agents in different molecular subtypes of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) both in vitro and in early clinical trials. Both anti-CD22-MMAE and anti-CD79B-MMAE were highly active and induced cell death in the vast majority of activated B-cell-like (ABC) and germinal center B-cell-like (GCB) DLBCL cell lines. Similarly, both agents induced cytotoxicity in models with and without mutations in the signaling molecule CD79B. In line with these observations, relapsed and refractory DLBCL patients of both subtypes responded to these agents. Importantly, a strong correlation between CD22 and CD79B expression in vitro and in vivo was not detectable, indicating that patients should not be excluded from anti-CD22-MMAE or anti-CD79B-MMAE treatment because of low target expression. In summary, these studies suggest that pinatuzumab vedotin and polatuzumab vedotin are active agents for the treatment of patients with different subtypes of DLBCL.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / pharmacology*
  • Apoptosis / drug effects
  • Blotting, Western
  • CD79 Antigens / genetics
  • CD79 Antigens / immunology*
  • Cell Cycle / drug effects
  • Cell Proliferation / drug effects
  • Clinical Trials, Phase I as Topic
  • Cohort Studies
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Immunoconjugates / pharmacology*
  • Immunoenzyme Techniques
  • Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse / classification
  • Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse / drug therapy*
  • Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse / immunology*
  • Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse / pathology
  • Mutation / genetics
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Prognosis
  • Sialic Acid Binding Ig-like Lectin 2 / genetics
  • Sialic Acid Binding Ig-like Lectin 2 / immunology*
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • CD22 protein, human
  • CD79 Antigens
  • CD79B protein, human
  • Immunoconjugates
  • Sialic Acid Binding Ig-like Lectin 2