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.

anti-GFRAL monoclonal antibody NGM120
A long-acting monoclonal antibody directed against glial-cell-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) family receptor alpha-like (GFRAL), with potential anti-anorexia and anti-cachexia activities. Upon administration, NGM120 targets, binds to and blocks GFRAL. This prevents binding of growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF15; MIC-1) to its receptor GFRAL and prevents GDF15/GFRAL-mediated signaling. This may abrogate loss of appetite and uncontrolled weight loss associated with high serum levels of GDF15. GDF15, a stress response cytokine and divergent member of the TGF-beta superfamily, plays a key role in the regulation of body weight through central mechanisms. High GDF15 plasma levels, as seen in individuals with advanced cancers, are associated with loss of body mass. Check for active clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)

Synonym:GFRAL antagonistic monoclonal antibody NGM120
Code name:NGM 120