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.

cantuzumab ravtansine
An immunotoxin of a humanized monoclonal antibody C242 (MoAb HuC242) conjugated with a derivative of cytotoxic agent maytansine, DM4, with potential antitumor activity. Cantuzumab ravtansine is generated based on MoAb C242, which is raised against a cell surface superantigen, CA242, found in a variety of human tumor cells. Upon binding and entry, the immunoconjugate releases the maytansinoid agent DM4, which binds to tubulin, thereby affecting microtubule assembly/disassembly dynamics. As a result, this agent prevents cell division and reduces cell growth of cancer cells that express CA242. Check for active clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)
Synonym:maytansinoid DM4-conjugated humanized monoclonal antibody huC242
Code name:HuC242-DM4