- The study demonstrates the importance of tumor and lymph node-derived B cells for the discovery of antibodies directed at potentially novel targets
- The study results provide a framework for understanding the evolution of B cell families in cancer patients
Immunome, Inc. (Nasdaq: IMNM), a biopharmaceutical company that utilizes its human memory B cell platform to discover and develop first-in-class antibody therapeutics, today announced the publication of a peer-reviewed article in Clinical & Translational Immunology characterizing B cell repertoires in tissue samples from patients with breast cancer. In collaboration with groups at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania, the preclinical study combined next-generation sequence analysis and phage panning to characterize and enrich clonal lineages of tumor-specific B cells in discrete tissues from cancer patients.
“We are pleased to announce these results, which help refine our current understanding on the evolution of B cell clonal families in cancer patients,” said Purnanand Sarma, PhD, President & CEO of Immunome. “We believe that studies such as these – which augment our knowledge of B cell responses in people with cancer, in combination with Immunome’s powerful screening platform, will enhance our ability to identify novel targets and enable innovative strategies that can be used to treat multiple solid tumors.”
The mechanisms underlying successful anti-tumor immune responses are not well understood and remain an area of intense investigation. In particular, leveraging information from patients whose immune systems can fight cancer is critical for guiding the discovery and development of transformational drugs. The results published by Immunome and its collaborators provide a framework for understanding (1) how features of tumors relate to the potential for B cells to target cancer cells, and (2) how these cancer-specific B cells are disseminated across tumors, sentinel lymph nodes and blood in the same patient. Using transcriptional analysis, next-generation sequencing and phage display, the authors compared features of the tumor microenvironment with the clonality and tumor specificity of the B cells within each compartment. Several important observations were identified through this analysis:
- Increased frequencies of tumor-specific B cells were observed in tumors and sentinel lymph nodes compared to blood, but differed between patients
- Enrichment of tumor-binding antibodies using phage panning showed enrichment of specific clonal families of B cells
- B cells within tumors demonstrated similarities in the composition of their antibody sequences compared to those from lymph nodes and blood
Immunome is a biopharmaceutical company that utilizes its proprietary human memory B cell platform to discover and develop first-in-class antibody therapeutics that are designed to change the way diseases are treated. The company’s initial focus is developing therapeutics to treat oncology and infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Immunome’s proprietary discovery engine identifies novel therapeutic antibodies and their targets by leveraging the highly educated components of the immune system, memory B cells, from patients whose bodies have learned to fight off their disease. For more information, please visit www.immunome.com.
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