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Key Points +

B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA) was originally identified as a cell membrane receptor, expressed exclusively on late stage B-cells and plasma cells (PCs).

  • BCMA is also solubilized in the blood (soluble BCMA [sBCMA]) and MM patients with progressive disease have significantly higher sBCMA levels than those responding to treatment.
  • sBCMA circulating in the blood may limit the efficacy of these anti-BCMA-directed therapies.