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SKY59, A Novel Recycling Antibody for Complement-mediated Diseases

[ Vol. 27 , Issue. 25 ]


Taku Fukuzawa and Junichi Nezu*   Pages 4157 - 4164 ( 8 )


Background: The complement system usually helps protect against microbial infection, but it could also be involved in the onset of various diseases. Inhibition of complement component 5 (C5) with eculizumab has resulted in a significant reduction of hemolysis, reduction of thromboembolic events, and increased survival in patients with Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH). However, eculizumab requires frequent intravenous infusions due to the abundance of C5 in plasma and some patients may still experience breakthrough hemolysis. This review introduces the recent body of knowledge on recycling technology and discusses the likely therapeutic benefits of SKY59, a novel recycling antibody, for PNH and complement-mediated disorders.

Methods: By using recycling technology, we created a novel anti-C5 antibody, SKY59, capable of binding to C5 pH-dependently.

Results: In cynomolgus monkeys, SKY59 robustly inhibited C5 and complement activity for significantly longer than a conventional antibody. SKY59 also showed an inhibitory effect on C5 variant p.Arg885His, whereas eculizumab does not suppress complement activity in patients with this type of mutation.

Conclusion: SKY59 is a promising anti-C5 biologic agent that has significant advantages over current therapies such as long duration of action and efficacy against C5 variants.


Recycling technology, antibody therapeutics, pharmacokinetics, complement system, C5, paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria.


Research Division, Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Gotemba, Shizuoka, Research Division, Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Gotemba, Shizuoka

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