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Substance Name: DS-8201a
ID: C000614160


  • MeSH: has both DNA topoisomerase I inhibitory and antineoplastic activities; consists of DX-8951 conjugated to a humanized anti-HER2 antibody.

    NCI: anti-HER2 ADC DS-8201a. An antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) composed of a monoclonal antibody targeting human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (ERBB2; EGFR2; HER2) conjugated to a derivative of the camptothecin analog exatecan (DXd; DX-8951 derivative), a DNA topoisomerase 1 (topoisomerase I; Top1) inhibitor, with potential antineoplastic activity. Upon administration of anti-HER2 ADC conjugate DS-8201a, the antibody moiety targets and binds to HER2 on tumor cells. Upon antibody/antigen binding and internalization, the DX-8951 derivative moiety binds to and inhibits Top1-DNA complexes, which results in an inhibition of DNA replication, cell cycle arrest and tumor cell apoptosis. HER2, a tyrosine kinase receptor, is overexpressed by many cancer cell types. In addition, DS-8201a induces antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC) and causes a bystander killing effect, thereby killing neighboring HER2-expressing tumor cells. (NCI Thesaurus)

Classification Code

  • Antineoplastic Agents
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Name of Substance

  • DS-8201a


  • ADC DS-8201a
  • DS-8201

Registry Number

  • C000614160