Novel approaches to the treatment of infectious diseases are urgently needed. This need has resulted in renewing the interest in antibodies for therapy of infectious diseases. Radioimmunotherapy (RIT) is a cancer treatment modality that utilizes radiolabeled monoclonal antibodies. During the last decade we have translated RIT into the field of experimental fungal, bacterial, and HIV infections. In addition, successful proof of principle experiments with radiolabeled pan-antibodies that bind to antigens shared by major pathogenic fungi have been performed in vitro. The armamentarium of pan-antibodies would result in reducing our dependence on microorganism-specific antibodies and thus would speed up the development of RIT for infections. We believe that the time is ripe for deploying RIT in the clinic to combat infectious diseases.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2014|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Microbiology(all)
- Cell Biology
- Microbiology (medical)
- Infectious Diseases