Fast Five Quiz: Multiple Myeloma Management

Joshua Richter, MD; Emmanuel C. Besa, MD


January 11, 2022

The antibody component of the drug class known as antibody-drug conjugates is directed against B-cell maturation agent (BCMA), a protein that is expressed on normal B lymphocytes and multiple myeloma cells. The small molecule component of this conjugate is monomethyl auristatin F (MMAF), a microtubule inhibitor.

When the antibody-drug conjugate binds to BCMA, the conjugate gets internalized and releases MMAF, leading to cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. It also results in tumor cell lysis though antibody-dependent cellular toxicity (ADCC) and antibody-dependent cellular phagocytosis (ADCP).

Learn more about antibody-drug conjugates in multiple myeloma.


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