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.

A human monoclonal antibody directed against type II activin receptors (ActRII; ActR2), with potential muscle-sparing and anti-cachectic activities. Upon administration, bimagrumab binds to ActRII, which prevents the binding of the natural ligands, myostatin and activin, to activin receptors and blocks ActRII-mediated signaling. This increases protein synthesis, decreases protein degradation, stimulates skeletal muscle cell growth, and increases muscle function and strength. Overstimulation of the ActRII-mediated signaling pathway is associated with muscle loss and weakness. Check for active clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)

Synonym:HuCAL-based antibody BYM338
human combinatorial antibody library-based monoclonal antibody BYM338
Code name:BYM338