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The FDA-approved drug label for denileukin diftitox (Ontak) notes that it is indicated for patients with persistent or recurrent cutaneous T-cell lymphoma whose malignant cells express the CD25 component of the IL-2 receptor. Confirmation of malignant cells expressing CD25 is necessary prior to administration of the drug.
Denileukin diftitox (Ontak) is indicated for patients with persistent or recurrent cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. The FDA-approved drug label for denileukin diftitox states that confirmation that a patient's malignant cells express CD25 is necessary prior to beginning treatment with the drug.
Excerpts from the denileukin diftitox (Ontak) label:
Ontak is a CD25-directed cytotoxin indicated for the treatment of patients with persistent or recurrent cutaneous T-cell lymphoma whose malignant cells express the CD25 component of the IL-2 receptor.
CD25 Tumor Expression and Evaluation...Confirm that the patient's malignant cells express CD25 prior to administration of Ontak. A testing service for the assay of CD25 expression in tumor biopsy samples is available.
For the complete drug label text with sections containing pharmacogenetic information highlighted, see the denileukin diftitox drug label.
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- source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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- Diphtheria toxin precursor
- NAD(+--diphthamide ADP- ribosyltransferase)
- denileukin diftitox
- Ontak (Seragen Inc)
PharmGKB Accession Id
A recombinant DNA-derived cytotoxic protein composed of the amino acid sequences for diphtheria toxin fragments A and B (Met 1-Thr 387)-His followed by the sequences for interleukin-2 (IL-2; Ala 1-Thr 133). It is produced in an E. coli expression system.
Source: Drug Bank
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Pharmacology, Interactions, and Contraindications
Mechanism of Action
Denileukin diftitox binds to the high-affinity IL-2 receptor complex. The IL-2 receptor (Tac) subunit is expressed on activated but not resting lymphocytes. The diphtheria toxin associated with Ontak then selectively kills the IL-2 bearing cells.
Source: Drug Bank
Denileukin diftitox (Ontak) directs the cytocidal action of diphtheria toxin to cells which express the IL-2 receptor. The human IL-2 receptor exists in three forms, low (CD25), intermediate (CD122/CD132) and high (CD25/CD122/CD132) affinity. Malignant cells expressing one or more of the subunits of the IL-2 receptor are found in certain leukemias and lymphomas including cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL). Ontak interacts with the high affinity IL-2 receptor on the cell surface and inhibits cellular protein synthesis, resulting in cell death within hours.
Source: Drug Bank
Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, Elimination & Toxicity
- 0.6 - 2.0 mL/min/kg Lymphoma
Source: Drug Bank
Publications related to denileukin diftitox: 2
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||Denileukin Diftitox (Ontak) as Maintenance Therapy for Peripheral T-Cell Lymphomas: Three Cases with Sustained Remission. Case reports in oncological medicine. 2015. Fuentes Alejandra C, et al.|
||Interleukin 2 (IL-2) receptor expression and sensitivity to diphteria fusion toxin DAB389IL-2 in cultured hematopoietic cells. Cancer research. 1996. Re G G, et al.|
These are trials that mention denileukin diftitox and are related to either pharmacogenetics or pharmacogenomics.