Fully Human Antibodies and Fragments Recognizing c-Met

Tech ID: 23756 / UC Case 2013-185-0


UCLA researchers in the Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology have developed several novel recognition sequences against the human oncogene c-MET. These unique sequences are the basic building blocks used to make intact human antibodies and antibody fragments that can be conjugated to various payloads endowing them with great therapeutic and diagnostic potential in vitro and in vivo.


The proto-oncogene c-MET (hepatocyte growth factor receptor, HGFR) is a membrane-bound tyrosine kinase receptor expressed on the surface of cells of epithelial origin. In normal cells, c-MET signaling is initiated in response to hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), and is responsible for wound healing and tissue regeneration. However, in the case of cancer, this pathway is abnormally activated leading to several biological processes known together as invasive growth. In fact, the c-MET pathway is one of the most frequently dysregulated pathways in human cancer. Aberrant c-MET signaling has been documented in most solid tumors and hematological malignancies, and is tightly associated with the resistance to various cancer therapies. Reflecting their critical roles in cancer development and progression, c-MET and HGF have become leading candidates for targeted cancer therapies and diagnostics. Several mouse c-MET antibodies are available for in vitro use, and a single humanized c-MET antibody is being evaluated for its therapeutic and diagnostic potential. However, there are currently no fully human c-Met antibodies being available for cancer therapeutics or diagnostics.


Dr. Anna Wu and colleagues in UCLA’s Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology have developed several novel human recognition sequences against the oncogene c-MET. These sequences are the basic building blocks used to synthesize c-MET-specific intact antibodies and antibody fragments (scFV, diabody, cys-diabody) with varying sizes and pharmacokinetics. The novel sequences recognize c-MET with high affinity (nanomolar/sub-nanomolar) and are less likely to induce a detrimental immune response in human patients since they are fully human (low immunogenicity). Intact antibodies or antibody fragments can be used alone as potential blocking agents or conjugated to a number of different payloads. Specifically, the formation of cys-diabody fragments allow for site-specific conjugation to various payloads (fluorophores, radioisotopes, nanoparticles or cytotoxic drugs) making them very convenient reagents for a number of in vitro and in vivo applications. Researchers have confirmed that the novel recognition sequences have nanomolar affinity for c-MET and are currently testing the utility of these antibody fragments in diagnostic applications.


  • Receptor antagonist
  • In vivo imaging (immunoPET)
  • Targeted drug delivery
  • In vitro diagnosis
  • Circulating tumor cell capture


  • Fully human (low immunogenicity)
  • Nanomolar (or sub-nanomolar) affinity for c-MET
  • c-MET recognition sequences can be reformatted to fit various size and pharmaco-kinetic requirements
  • Antibody (or antibody fragments) can be conjugated to various payloads

State Of Development

  • Validated nanomolar (or sub-nanomolar) specificity for human c-MET
  • Formed into diabodies and cys-diabodies
  • Currently testing diagnostic applications in vitro

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Patent Status

Country Type Number Dated Case
United States Of America Issued Patent 10,407,503 09/10/2019 2013-185


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  • Wu, Anna M.

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Antibody, Diagnostics, Cancer, Oncology, Therapeutics, Chemotherapy

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