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Anti-Cetuximab (Erbitux®) ADA Quantitative ELISA Kit

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Anti-Cetuximab (Erbitux®) ADA Quantitative ELISA Kit

Enzyme immunoassay for the quantitative determination of antibodies to cetuximab (Erbitux®) in serum and plasma. Cetuximab (Erbitux®) was associated to the development of anti- Cetuximab antibodies, even some were reported to be neutralizing, in various percentages of patients during therapy with the drug Erbitux®. This might lead to severe complications. The ELISA Genie Antibody to Cetuximab ELISA Kit can be efficiently used for monitoring anti- Cetuximab antibodies during therapy and offers the clinician a tool for decision on possible preventive measures such as possible addition of immunosuppressive drug to reduce anti- Cetuximab antibodies.

Product Information

ApplicationFree drug
Required Volume (μl)10
Total Time (min)140
Sample TypeSerum, Plasma
Number of Assays96
Detection Limit (ng/mL)30 (ng/mL)
Spike Recovery (%)85-115%
Shelf Life (year)1

About Anti-Cetuximab (Erbitux®) ADA Quantitative

Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR; HER1; ErbB1) is a transmembrane tyrosine kinase encoded by c-erb-B proto-oncogene, expressed in normal and malignant cells and stimulated by epidermal growth factor (EGF) or transforming growth factor-alpha (TGF-alpha) binding extracellular domain of the receptor, leading receptor to dimerize and activating intracellular kinase domain on each receptor, bringing about phosphorylation of tyrosine residues on each member of the receptor pair. Then, signalling complexes form in cytoplasm to activate gene transcription responding for such as cell proliferation. Termination of signalling occurs through internalization of receptor-ligand complex. Activation of EGFR results in perturbation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase, and AKT pathways triggering tumorigenic processes, such as increased proliferation, angiogenesis and metastasis, and prevents apoptosis. Breast, lung, colon, prostate, kidney, bladder, head and neck, and ovary cancers have been associated to EGFR overexpression which causes early disease progression, poor survival, and resistance to chemotherapy in many epithelial malignancies. Epidermal growth factor receptor/human epidermal growth factor receptor 1 (EGFR/HER1) and its ligand, transforming growth factor alpha (TGF-alpha) were showed to involve in hepatocarcinogenesis. EGFR is overexpressed in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). To overcome the uncontrollable effect of EGFR triggering cancer development, monoclonal antibodies have been shown to be used as blockers in vitro and in vivo. Cetuximab Cetuximab (IMC-C225, Erbitux) is a chimeric monoclonal antibody of the immunoglobulin G1 (IgG1) and FDAapproved epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitor. It is a 152 kDa protein composed of four polypeptide chain. There are 32 cysteine residues forming accordingly 16 potential disulfide bonds. Preclinical studies have shown that cetuximab enhances the anti-tumour effects of chemotherapy (e.g. that of irinotecan in colorectal cancer) as well as radiotherapy (e.g. in squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck) by inhibiting cell proliferation, angiogenesis and metastasis and by promoting apoptosis is used for the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer, metastatic non-small cell lung cancer and head and neck cancer. Cetuximab also blocks growth factor-induced activation of the downstream mitogen-activated protein kinase, inhibiting cell proliferation. It has been also illustrated that cetuximab increases the receptor internalization which is another mechanism to silence the receptor. Cetuximab arrests cell cycle at G1 gap phase by upregulating antiproliferative p27kip1, which functions via complex formation with Cdk2, and downregulating proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA). It also decreases angiogenic factors, inhibits tumor-cell invasion and metastasis via downregulation of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and VEGF, and promotes apoptosis by upregulating apoptotic protein, Bax, with the help of other chemotherapeutic agents. Cetuximab has been widely shown to display synergistic effect with other agents and/or radiotherapy. Binding of antigen-binding fragment (Fab) of Cetuximab, which displays higher affinity comparing to ligands of EGFR, takes place via domain III of extracellular EGFR, preventing the receptor from conformational change to be dimerized and blocking EGFR signalling through inhibition of EGF and TGF-alpha-stimulated phosphorylation of the receptor. Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics In a study conducted by Fracasso et al., patients with colorectal, breast, and head and neck carcinomas were administered with one of different dosages of cetuximab (50, 100, 250, 400 and 500 mg/m2 ). For each concentration, cetuximab serum concentration was showed to reach maximum at 3h and decrease slowly. Serum concentration decreased to baseline at 96 h and 168 h for dosages 50 and 100 mg/m2 , respectively. Mean 4 maximum observed concentrations (Cmax) increased in a dose dependent manner (from 22.8 ug/ml to 245.6 ug/ml). It was indistinguishable for 400 mg/m2 (Cmax=228.9 ug/ml) and 500 mg/m2 (Cmax=245.6 ug/ml). The mean total body clearance based on body surface area for cetuximab was similar following doses of >100 mg/m2 (range, 34.4-19.3 L/h/m2 ) but greater in the 50 mg/m2 dose group (65.9 L/h/m2 ). Biopsy results showed that maximal cytoplasmic EGFR downregulation after treatment was seen in 8 h with 400 mg/m2 dosage. After 250 mg/m2 weekly cetuximab administration, the average trough level of patients with both partial responses (PRs) and stable disease (SD) was 60,742 ng/ml (~400 nmol/l) compared with those patients with progressive disease (PD; 33,208 ng/ml). In another study, cetuximab was infused as loading dose of 400 mg/m2 followed by weekly infusions of 250 mg/m2 in colorectal cancer patients. Median residual concentrations were 41 and 54 mg/L on days 14 and 28, respectively. It was determined that initial serum albumin concentration was significantly related to first-order elimination clearance of cetuximab. Central volume of distribution was 2.96 L (4%), peripheral volume of distribution was 4.65 L (6%), elimination clearance was 0.479 L/d (4%) and distribution clearance was 0.836 L/d (8%).

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