Influence of Antigen Mass on the Pharmacokinetics of Therapeutic Antibodies in Humans.


Université de Tours, EA7501 GICC, Team PATCH, Tours, France. [Email]


Therapeutic antibodies are increasingly used to treat various diseases, including neoplasms and chronic inflammatory diseases. Antibodies exhibit complex pharmacokinetic properties, notably owing to the influence of antigen mass, i.e. the amount of antigenic targets to which the monoclonal antibody binds specifically. This review focuses on the influence of antigen mass on the pharmacokinetics of therapeutic antibodies quantified by pharmacokinetic modelling in humans. Out of 159 pharmacokinetic studies, 85 reported an influence of antigen mass. This influence led to non-linear elimination decay in 50 publications, which was described using target-mediated drug disposition or derived models, as quasi-steady-state, irreversible binding and Michaelis-Menten models. In 35 publications, the pharmacokinetics was apparently linear and the influence of antigen mass was described as a covariate of pharmacokinetic parameters. If some reported covariates, such as the circulating antigen level or tumour size, are likely to be correlated to antigen mass, others, such as disease activity or disease type, may contain little information on the amount of antigenic targets. In some cases, antigen targets exist in different forms, notably in the circulation and expressed at the cell surface. The influence of antigen mass should be soundly described during the early clinical phases of drug development. To maximise therapeutic efficacy, sufficient antibody doses should be administered to ensure the saturation of antigen targets by therapeutic antibodies in all patients. If necessary, antigen mass should be taken into account in routine clinical practice.

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