Antibody-drug Conjugate 3D Molecular Visualization

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Antibody-drug conjugate or ADC are an important class of highly potent biopharmaceutical drugs designed as a targeted therapy for the treatment of people with cancer.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] Unlike chemotherapy, ADCs are intended to target and kill only the cancer cells and spare healthy cells. ADCs are complex molecules composed of an antibody linked to a biologically active cytotoxic (anticancer) payload or drug.[8] Antibody-drug conjugates are examples of bioconjugates and immunoconjugates.

By combining the unique targeting capabilities of monoclonal antibodies with the cancer-killing ability of cytotoxic drugs, antibody-drug conjugates allow sensitive discrimination between healthy and diseased tissue. This means that, in contrast to traditional chemotherapeutic agents, antibody-drug conjugates target and attack the cancer cell so that healthy cells are less severely affected.[9][10] For a video on the principles of ADCs see Nature Biotechnology Animation Antibody-drug conjugates.

Antibody-drug Conjugate 3D Molecular Visualization

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