Denileukin Deftitox

Category: Cancer

Denileukin diftitox (trade name Ontak) was an antineoplastic agent, an engineered protein combining interleukin-2 and diphtheria toxin. Denileukin diftitox could bind to interleukin-2 receptors[1] and introduce the diphtheria toxin into cells that express those receptors, killing the cells. In some leukemias and lymphomas, malignant cells express these receptors, so denileukin diftitox can target these. In 1999, Ontak was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (F... [wikipedia]

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