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.
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 does not cause hemagglutination.
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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 believe AO-176 will show lower CD47 receptor occupancy in the periphery, sparing normal cells, and higher receptor occupancy in tumor cells.
MFI = Mean Fluorescence Intensity
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.
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