NCI Drug Dictionary

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The NCI Drug Dictionary contains technical definitions and synonyms for drugs/agents used to treat patients with cancer or conditions related to cancer. Each drug entry includes links to check for clinical trials listed in NCI's List of Cancer Clinical Trials.

erb-38 immunotoxin
A bivalent fusion protein consisting of disulfide-stabilized Fv fragments of an anti-HER2 (erbB2) monoclonal antibody (e23) and a truncated version of the M(r) 38 fragment of Pseudomonas exotoxin that lacks the toxin's cell binding domain. ERB-38 immunotoxin binds specifically to cells that overexpress HER2, the antigenic target of the monoclonal antibody; the exotoxin portion of the immunotoxin then lyses the cells bound by the antibody portion. Check for active clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)