Since 1996, Dr. Manuel Penichet has worked at UCLA, where he has developed a family of antibody fusion proteins to be used as direct anti-tumor agents and as adjuvant of cancer vaccines. Recently he has developed antibody-avidin fusion proteins to be used as universal vectors to deliver a broad spectrum of biotinylated compounds into cancer cells by receptor-mediated endocytosis.
Selected Cancer-Related Publications:
Dela Cruz JS, Trinh KR, Chen HW, Ribas A, Morrison SL, Penichet ML. Anti-HER2/neu IgG3-(IL-2) and anti-HER2/neu IgG3-(GM-CSF) promote HER2/neu processing and presentation by dendritic cells: implications in immunotherapy and vaccination strategies. Mol Immunol. 2006; 43(6): 667-76.
Asai T, Trinh R, Ng PP, Penichet ML, Wims LA, Morrison SL. A human biotin acceptor domain allows site-specific conjugation of an enzyme to an antibody-avidin fusion protein for targeted drug delivery. Biomol Eng. 2005; 21(6): 145-55.
Cho HM, Rosenblatt JD, Kang YS, Iruela-Arispe ML, Morrison SL, Penichet ML, Kwon YG, Kim TW, Webster KA, Nechustan H, Shin SU. Enhanced inhibition of murine tumor and human breast tumor xenografts using targeted delivery of an antibody-endostatin fusion protein. Mol Cancer Ther. 2005; 4(6): 956-67.
Dela Cruz JS, Morrison SL, Penichet ML. Insights into the mechanism of anti-tumor immunity in mice vaccinated with the human HER2/neu extracellular domain plus anti-HER2/neu IgG3-(IL-2) or anti-HER2/neu IgG3-(GM-CSF) fusion protein. Vaccine. 2005; 23(39): 4793-803.
Dela Cruz JS, Huang TH, Penichet ML, Morrison SL. Antibody-cytokine fusion proteins: innovative weapons in the war against cancer. Clin Exp Med. 2004; 4(2): 57-64.