NCI Drug Dictionary

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.

allogeneic CD123-specific universal CAR123-expressing T lymphocytes
Allogeneic, off-the-shelf, universal transcription activator-like effector nuclease (TALEN)-engineered T lymphocytes that have been genetically modified to express a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) targeting the tumor-associated antigen (TAA) human interleukin-3 receptor alpha chain (IL3RA; cluster of differentiation 123; CD123), with potential immunomodulating and antineoplastic activities. Upon transfusion of allogeneic CD123-specific universal CAR123-expressing T lymphocytes (UCART123), these cells target and bind to cancer cells expressing CD123. This induces selective toxicity in and causes lysis of CD123-expressing tumor cells. CD123 is normally expressed on committed blood progenitor cells in the bone marrow; its overexpression is associated with both increased leukemic cell proliferation and aggressiveness. Using TALEN technology, the UCART123 cells no longer express the endogenous T-cell receptor (TCR) thereby abrogating the potential induction of graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) by the donor T cells. Check for active clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)

Synonym:allogeneic engineered T cells expressing anti-CD123 chimeric antigen receptor
UCART123 T cells
universal chimeric antigen receptor T cell 123
universal chimeric antigen receptor T cells targeting CD123
universal TALEN gene-edited CART123 cells
Code name:UCART123