VIS832, a novel CD138-targeting monoclonal antibody, potently induces killing of human multiple myeloma and further synergizes with IMiDs or bortezomib in vitro and in vivo

Blood Cancer J. 2020 Nov 2;10(11):110. doi: 10.1038/s41408-020-00378-z.


Therapeutically targeting CD138, a define multiple myeloma (MM) antigen, is not yet approved for patients. We here developed and determined the preclinical efficacy of VIS832, a novel therapeutic monoclonal antibody (MoAb) with differentiated CD138 target binding to BB4 that is anti-CD138 MoAb scaffold for indatuximab ravtansine (BT062). VIS832 demonstrated enhanced CD138-binding avidity and significantly improved potency to kill MM cell lines and autologous patient MM cells regardless of resistance to current standard-of-care therapies, via robust antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity and phagocytosis mediated by NK and macrophage effector cells, respectively. Specifically, CD38-targeting daratumumab-resistant MM cells were highly susceptible to VIS832 which, unlike daratumumab, spares NK cells. Superior maximal cytolysis of VIS832 vs. daratumumab corresponded to higher CD138 vs. CD38 levels in MM cells. Furthermore, VIS832 acted synergistically with lenalidomide or bortezomib to deplete MM cells. Importantly, VIS832 at a sub-optimal dose inhibited disseminated MM1S tumors in vivo as monotherapy (P < 0.0001), and rapidly eradicated myeloma burden in all mice concomitantly receiving bortezomib, with 100% host survival. Taken together, these data strongly support clinical development of VIS832, alone and in combination, for the therapeutic treatment of MM in relapsed and refractory patients while pointing to its potential therapeutic use earlier in disease intervention.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Immunological / immunology
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Immunological / pharmacology*
  • Bortezomib / agonists
  • Bortezomib / pharmacology*
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Drug Synergism
  • Humans
  • Immunoconjugates / pharmacology*
  • Maytansine / agonists
  • Maytansine / analogs & derivatives
  • Maytansine / pharmacology
  • Mice
  • Mice, SCID
  • Multiple Myeloma / drug therapy*
  • Multiple Myeloma / immunology
  • Multiple Myeloma / pathology
  • Neoplasm Proteins / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Neoplasm Proteins / immunology
  • Syndecan-1 / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Syndecan-1 / immunology
  • Xenograft Model Antitumor Assays


  • Antineoplastic Agents, Immunological
  • Immunoconjugates
  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • Syndecan-1
  • indatuximab ravtansine
  • Maytansine
  • Bortezomib