Mesothelin (MSLN) is an antigen overexpressed in several malignancies, including mesothelioma and ovarian and pancreatic adenocarcinoma. It has been studied as a marker for diagnosis and a target for immunotherapy. Here, we adopted a bispecific antibody format for recruiting cytotoxic T cells to kill tumor cells. MG1122 is a novel, whole IgG-like bispecific antibody which recognizes CD3 on T cells and MSLN on tumor cells. MG1122 induced effective killing of MSLN-expressing tumor cells. This response was associated with robust activation of T cells as shown by nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFAT) activation, CD25 and CD69 upregulation and increased cytokine release. In addition, using a live cell analysis system, we found that levels of activated caspase 3/7 were amplified in the tumor cells by MG1122 treatment. Although MSLN is a surface antigen, it also exists as a secreted isoform, which can lead to tumor evasion against MSLN targeting antibodies. However, despite the high concentration of soluble MSLN, MG1122 still effectively bound and showed strong killing effects against MSLN-expressing tumor cells. Taken together, our MSLN/CD3 bispecific antibody, MG1122 offers a promising opportunity to redirect T cells to kill MSLN-expressing cancer cells.

Citation Format: Yun-Jung Lee, Okjae Lim, Munkyung Kim, Jeewon Lee, Kisu Kim, Junhong Jung, SuA Lee, Sung Keun Kim, Haenaem Kwon, Yangmi Lim, Yong Yea Park, Jonghwa Won. MG1122, a whole IgG-like bispecific antibody targeting mesothelin and CD3, induces T cell-mediated killing of MSLN-expressing tumor cells [abstract]. In: Proceedings of the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2018; 2018 Apr 14-18; Chicago, IL. Philadelphia (PA): AACR; Cancer Res 2018;78(13 Suppl):Abstract nr 5768.