Advances in linker payload technology and target selection have been at the forefront of recent improvements in antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) design, leading to several approvals over the last decade. In contrast, the potential of novel ADC technologies to enhance payload delivery to tumors is relatively underexplored. We demonstrate that incorporation of pH-dependent binding in the antibody component of a cMET targeting ADC (MYTX-011) can overcome the requirement for high cMET expression on tumors, an innovation that has the potential to benefit a broader population of patients with lower cMET levels. MYTX-011 drove four-fold higher net internalization than a non-pH engineered parent ADC in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells and showed increased cytotoxicity against a panel of cell lines from various solid tumors. A single dose of MYTX-011 showed at least three-fold higher efficacy than a benchmark ADC in mouse xenograft models of NSCLC ranging from low to high cMET expression. Moreover, MYTX-011 showed improved pharmacokinetics over parent and benchmark ADCs. In a repeat dose toxicology study, MYTX-011 exhibited a toxicity profile similar to other MMAE-based ADCs. These results highlight the potential of MYTX-011 for treating a broader range of NSCLC patients with cMET expression than other cMET targeting ADCs. A first in human study is ongoing to determine the safety, tolerability, and preliminary efficacy of MYTX-011 in patients with NSCLC (NCT05652868).

This content is only available via PDF.
This open access article is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license.

Article PDF first page preview

Article PDF first page preview