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Monomethyl auristatin E (MMAE, vedotin) is a very potent anti-mitotic agent that inhibits cell division by blocking the polymerisation of tubulin. Because of ts super toxicity, it cannot be used as a drug itself. In recent cancer therapy developments, it is linked to a monoclonal antibody (mAb) that recognizes a pecific marker expression in cancer cells and directs MMAE to the cancer cells. The linker linking MMAE to the monoclonal antibody is stable in extracellular fluid, but is cleaved by cathepsin once the antibody-drug-conjugate/ADC has bound to the specific cancer cell antigen and entered the cancer cell, thus releasing the oxic MMAE and activating the potent anti-mitotic mechanism.
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