Anticancer Drugs Daratumumab Oncology Pharmacology Physiotherapy

Daratumumab (Mechanism of Action)

In this article we will discuss Daratumumab (Mechanism of Action)

In this article, we will discuss Daratumumab (Mechanism of Action). So, let’s get started.

Mechanism of Action

CD38 is a transmembrane glycoprotein (48 kDa) expressed on the surface of hematopoietic cells, including multiple myeloma and other cell types and tissues and has multiple functions, such as receptor mediated adhesion, signaling, and modulation of cyclase and hydrolase activity. Daratumumab is an IgG1κ human monoclonal antibody (mAb) that binds to CD38 and inhibits the growth of CD38 expressing tumor cells by inducing apoptosis directly through Fc mediated cross linking as well as by immune-mediated tumor cell lysis through complement dependent cytotoxicity (CDC), antibody dependent cell mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC) and antibody dependent cellular phagocytosis (ADCP). A subset of myeloid derived suppressor cells (CD38+MDSCs), regulatory T cells (CD38+Tregs) and B cells (CD38+Bregs) are decreased by daratumumab.


NK cells express CD38 and are susceptible to daratumumab mediated cell lysis. Decreases in absolute counts and percentages of total NK cells (CD16+CD56+) and activated
(CD16+CD56dim) NK cells in peripheral whole blood and bone marrow were observed with DARZALEX treatment.

Cardiac Electrophysiology

Daratumumab as a large protein has a low likelihood of direct ion channel interactions. There is no evidence from non-clinical or clinical data to suggest that daratumumab has the potential to delay ventricular repolarization.

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