Antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity & phagocytosis (ADCC & ADCP)

InvivoGen offers convenient ADCC and ADCP cellular assays to screen monoclonal antibody effector functions.

ADCC and ADCP are two major modes of action of therapeutic monoclonal Abs (mAbs). These protective functions rely on the mAb dual structure:

 –  the variable region ensures the specific recognition of an antigen expressed by a microbe or a target cell
 –  the “crystallizable fragment” Fc in the constant region binds to Fc receptors at the surface of effector cells


Fc-gamma receptors (FcγRs):

CD16A and CD32A mediated ADCC and ADCP

Human IgGs bind to activatory (FcγRI, FcγRIIA (CD32A), FcγRIIa (CD16A), and inhibitory (FcγRIIb) receptors. The IgG-FcγR interaction is regulated by the Ab isotype and glycosylation [1, 2].
FcγRs differ in their cellular distribution and are often co-expressed, e.g:

  • FcgRIIA (CD32A) is expressed on myeloid cells including monocytes, macrophages, and dendritic cells (DCs)
  • FcgRIIIa (CD16A) is expressed on macrophages and Natural Killer (NK) cells.


FcγR-mediated cellular responses:

ADCC and ADCP are initiated when multiple IgG molecules bind simultaneously to FcγRs. The binding of antibody-antigen complexes to activatory and inhibitory FcγRs induces their cross-linking and subsequent signaling through immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motifs (ITAMs) and inhibition motifs (ITIMs), respectively. Cytoplasmic signaling includes an increase in intracellular calcium concentration and calcineurin/calmodulin-mediated dephosphorylation of NFAT (nuclear factor of activated T cells), allowing its nuclear translocation and binding to promoter regions of ADCC and ADCP relevant genes [1, 2].

The balance in FcγR signaling controls the immune outcome.
  • No response: inhibiting signals counterbalance activating signals.
  • ADCC: an excess of engaged CD16A induces the release of cytotoxic granules which kill the target [1].
  • ADCP: an excess of engaged CD32A induces the phagocytosis of the microbe or target cell, thus facilitating antigen presentation and stimulating inflammatory cytokine secretion [2].

InvivoGen's ADCC and ADCP reporter assays:

Classical ADCC and ADCP assays to test mAb functionalities are laborious, mainly relying on NK cells and peripheral blood monocytes. InvivoGen offers a convenient alternative by using: 


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1. Quast I. et al. 2017. Regulation of antibody effector functions through IgG fc N-glycosylation. Cell. Mol. Life. Sci. 74(5):837.
2. Tay M.Z. et al., 2019. Antibody-Dependent Cellular Phagocytosis in Antiviral Immune Responses. Front Immunol. 10:332.

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