Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.534, 134-140, 2021
A novel human anti-TIGIT monoclonal antibody with excellent function in eliciting NK cell-mediated antitumor immunity
TIGIT is an emerging novel checkpoint target that is expressed on both tumor-infiltrating T cells and NK cells. Some current investigational antibodies targeting TIGIT have also achieved dramatic antitumor efficacy in late clinical research. Most recently, the relevance of NK cell-associated TIGIT signaling pathway to tumors' evasion of the immune system has been clearly revealed, which endows NK cells with a pivotal role in the therapeutic effects of TIGIT blockade. In this article, we describe a novel anti-TIGIT monoclonal antibody, AET2010, which was acquired from a phage-displayed human single-chain antibody library through a cell panning strategy. With emphasis on its regulation of NK cells, we confirmed the excellent ex vivo and in vivo antitumor immunity of AET2010 mediated by the NK-92MI cells. Intriguingly, our work also revealed that AET2010 displays a lower affinity but parallel avidity and activity relative to MK7684, an investigational monoclonal antibody from MSD, implying a reasonable balance of potency and potential side effects for AET2010. Together, these results are promising and warrant further development of AET2010. (C) 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.