DARPins fused with other proteins are promising non-immunoglobulin scaffolds for specific binding to target cells. In this study HER2-specific DARPin (DARPin-9-29) was used as a tumor-targeting moiety for the delivery of a cytotoxic agent - the fragment of Pseudomonas aeruginosa exotoxin A. It was determined that DARPin-PE40 possesses a considerable cytotoxic activity and induces apoptosis in HER2-positive cells. Cytotoxic effect of DARPin-PE40 strongly correlates with the HER2 expression level. The effect of intravenous administration of DARPin-PE40 was tested in the xenograft model of breast cancer. It was shown that treatment of animals with DARPin-PE40 caused strong and prolonged suppression of xenograft tumor growth.
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