AO-176 MOA

AO-176’s Differentiated Mechanisms of Action

Differentiated MOA

Anti-CD47 therapies block the CD47/SIRPα interaction, the “Don’t eat me” mechanism for macrophages. AO-176 is a humanized anti-CD47 IgG2 monoclonal antibody with a potential best-in-class profile. Beyond blocking, AO-176 has several additional mechanisms of action that make this a highly-differentiated therapy among agents in this class.

Blocking CD47/SIRPα Interaction & Inducing Phagocytosis

Lower Binding to Normal Cells 1-2

First, AO-176 demonstrates lower binding to the CD47 receptor on normal cells,including negligible binding to red blood cells (RBCs). Despite high CD47 expression on RBCs, AO-176 is not associated with anemia or hemagglutination.

Better Binding in Tumor Microenvironment (Low pH)

In addition, AO-176 has enhanced binding in low pH conditions, such as the tumor microenvironment. Since normal cells also reside in more neutral pH environments, we would expect AO-176 to show lower CD47 receptor occupancy in the periphery, sparing normal cells, and higher receptor occupancy in tumor cells.

Anti-AO-176 IHC: Complete Xenograft Tumor Cell Surface Staining

Direct Killing and DAMP Induction

Other effects of AO-176 treatment on tumor cells include direct killing through programmed cell death type III and induction of damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs), resulting in immunogenic cell death.  These unique mechanisms highlight AO-176’s promising potential as a novel anti-CD47 therapy for treating cancer.

Direct Tumor Cell Killing by Programmed Cell Death Type III 3

Enhanced Tumor Cell Killing by DAMP Induction 4-6

Publications and presentation of data on AO-176 are available here.


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