Herceptin (Genentech)

Herceptin (Genentech) - General Information

A recombinant IgG1 kappa, humanized monoclonal antibody that selectively binds with high affinity in a cell-based assay (Kd = 5 nM) to the extracellular domain of the human epidermal growth factor receptor protein. Produced in CHO cell culture.


Pharmacology of Herceptin (Genentech)

Used in the treatment of HER2-positive breast cancer. HER2 protein overexpression is observed in 25%-30% of primary breast cancers.Herceptin (Genentech) has been shown, in both in vitro assays and in animals, to inhibit the proliferation of human tumorcells that overexpress HER2. It is a mediator of antibody dependent cellular cytotoxicity, in that the binding of the antibody to HER2 overexpressing cells leads to preferential cell death.


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Herceptin (Genentech) Interactions

There have been no formal drug interaction studies performed with HERCEPTIN in humans. Administration of paclitaxel in combination with HERCEPTIN resulted in a two-fold decrease in HERCEPTIN clearance in a non-human primate study and in a 1.5-fold increase in HERCEPTIN serum levels in clinical studies.


Herceptin (Genentech) Contraindications

None known.


Additional information about Herceptin (Genentech)

Herceptin (Genentech) Indication: For treatment of HER2-positive metatsatic breast cancer
Mechanism Of Action: Herceptin (Genentech) binds to the HER2 (or c-erbB2) proto-oncogene, an EGF receptor-like protein found on 20-30% of breast cancer cells. The binding leads to antibody mediated (complement mediated) killing of the HER2 positive cells.
Drug Interactions: Not Available
Food Interactions: Not Available
Generic Name: Trastuzumab
Synonyms: Anti HER2; Ig gamma-1 chain C region
Drug Category: Antineoplastic Agents
Drug Type: Biotech; Approved; Investigational

Other Brand Names containing Trastuzumab: Herceptin (Genentech);
Absorption: Not Available
Toxicity (Overdose): Not Available
Protein Binding: Not Available
Biotransformation: Most likely removed by opsonization via the reticuloendothelial system.
Half Life: 2-12 days
Dosage Forms of Herceptin (Genentech): Injection, powder, lyophilized, for solution Intravenous
Chemical IUPAC Name: Humanized anti-HER2 antibody
Chemical Formula: C6470H10012N1726O2013S42
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Organisms Affected: Humans and other mammals