ADEPT -->
Antibody Directed Enzyme Prodrug Therapy
medical dictionary

<pharmacology> A method for targeting a drug to a specific tissue, in which the targeting agent and the drug are administered separately.

The drug is designed to be inactive (a prodrug) until it is converted by an enzyme, which is the targeting agent. The enzyme is coupled to an antibody that directs it to the tissue of interest. When the enzyme arrives at the tissue, the prodrug is activated only at that site, sparing other tissues from potentially toxic side effects.

Acronym: ADEPT

(14 Nov 1997)