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RDCs Targeted Gene-ABCB1

Introduction of ABCB1

The field of precision medicine has witnessed remarkable advancements with the emergence of radionuclide drug conjugates (RDCs). One gene that has garnered significant attention in this context is ABCB1, also known as ATP Binding Cassette Subfamily B Member 1. This article explores the fascinating potential of utilizing RDCs to target the ABCB1 gene, revolutionizing the treatment landscape by enhancing drug delivery, overcoming multidrug resistance, and offering new avenues for personalized medicine.

Action and structure of ABCB1.Figure 1. Action and structure of ABCB1. (Devine K, et al.; 2023)

ABCB1 Gene and Drug Resistance

The ABCB1 gene, responsible for encoding the ATP-binding cassette transporter B1 protein (P-gp), plays a crucial role in multidrug resistance (MDR). MDR occurs when cancer cells overexpress P-gp, resulting in reduced intracellular drug concentrations and diminished therapeutic efficacy. By selectively targeting the ABCB1 gene with RDCs, we can deliver potent radionuclide payloads directly to the resistant cancer cells, bypassing P-gp's efflux function and enhancing drug retention within the cells.

Radionuclide Drug Conjugates

RDCs are a groundbreaking class of therapeutics that combine the selective targeting capabilities of monoclonal antibodies or other ligands with the powerful cytotoxic properties of radionuclides. These conjugates act as "guided missiles" that specifically bind to cancer cells expressing the ABCB1 gene. Once bound, the radionuclide component emits radiation, which delivers a highly localized and potent therapeutic dose to the cancer cells, thereby minimizing damage to healthy tissues.

Benefits of ABCB1-Targeted RDCs

The utilization of RDCs to target the ABCB1 gene offers several advantages. Firstly, by directly delivering radionuclides to MDR cancer cells, RDCs circumvent the efflux activity of P-gp, enabling higher drug concentrations and enhanced therapeutic efficacy. Secondly, RDCs can selectively target ABCB1-overexpressing cells, sparing normal cells from unnecessary radiation exposure. Moreover, RDCs can potentially overcome tumor heterogeneity, as they can be engineered to target multiple surface markers, enhancing their efficacy against diverse cancer cell populations.

Personalized Medicine and ABCB1-Targeted RDCs

ABCB1 gene polymorphisms are associated with interindividual variability in drug response and susceptibility to MDR. Integrating genetic testing for ABCB1 variants with RDC-based therapies can enable personalized treatment approaches. By identifying patients with specific ABCB1 genotypes, clinicians can tailor the choice and dosage of RDCs, optimizing treatment outcomes while minimizing adverse effects. This personalized approach holds great promise in improving patient responses and overall survival rates.

Challenges and Future Directions

Although ABCB1-targeted RDCs present immense potential, several challenges remain. These include optimizing RDC design, ensuring efficient tumor penetration, minimizing off-target effects, and addressing potential resistance mechanisms. Further research is needed to enhance the safety and efficacy profiles of these conjugates and to explore their potential synergistic effects with other therapeutic modalities, such as immunotherapy or chemotherapy. Additionally, large-scale clinical trials are essential to validate the utility of ABCB1-targeted RDCs in diverse patient populations and ascertain their long-term benefits.


The integration of RDCs targeting the ABCB1 gene holds significant promise for transforming precision medicine. By overcoming multidrug resistance and enabling personalized treatment strategies, these innovative therapies have the potential to revolutionize cancer care and improve patient outcomes.


  1. Devine K, et al.; The ATP-binding cassette proteins ABCB1 and ABCC1 as modulators of glucocorticoid action. Nat Rev Endocrinol. 2023, 19(2):112-124.
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