Antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) are likely to make a significant contribution in the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) by combining the cytotoxicity of chemotherapy with the specificity of monoclonal antibodies. CD22, an endocytic receptor expressed by the majority of B cells, is an excellent target for ADCs. Inotuzumab ozogamicin (INO) is an ADC that consists of a cytotoxic moiety (derivative of calicheamicin) attached to a humanized monoclonal anti-CD22 antibody. As a single agent, INO, was shown to be effective with an objective response rate of 50% in the treatment of relapsed and refractory CD22 positive ALL patients. Clinical trials investigating the combination of INO with the conventional chemotherapies are ongoing. This review summarizes the clinical potential of INO in treatment of relapsed and refractory ALL, based on currently available data in the literature.
Keywords: acute lymphoblastic leukemia; inotuzumab ozogamicin; refractory; relapsed; salvage.