124I-huA33 antibody uptake is driven by A33 antigen concentration in tissues from colorectal cancer patients imaged by immuno-PET.

Research paper by Joseph A JA O'Donoghue, Peter M PM Smith-Jones, John L JL Humm, Shutian S Ruan, Daniel A DA Pryma, Achim A AA Jungbluth, Chaitanya R CR Divgi, Jorge A JA Carrasquillo, Neeta N Pandit-Taskar, Yuman Y Fong, Vivian E VE Strong, Nancy E NE Kemeny, Lloyd J LJ Old, Steven M SM Larson

Indexed on: 10 Nov '11Published on: 10 Nov '11Published in: Journal of nuclear medicine : official publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine


The primary aim of this analysis was to examine the quantitative features of antibody-antigen interactions in tumors and normal tissue after parenteral administration of antitumor antibodies to human patients.Humanized anti-A33 antibody (10 mg) labeled with the positron-emitting radionuclide (124)I ((124)I-huA33) was injected intravenously in 15 patients with colorectal cancer. Clinical PET/CT was performed approximately 1 wk later, followed by a detailed assay of surgically removed tissue specimens including radioactivity counting, autoradiography, immunohistochemistry, and antigen density determination.PET/CT showed high levels of antibody targeting in tumors and normal bowel. In tissue specimens, the spatial distribution of (124)I-huA33 conformed to that of A33 antigen, and there was a linear relationship between the amount of bound antibody and antigen concentration. Antibody uptake was high in 1- to 2-mm regions of antigen-positive tumor cells (mean, ~0.05 percentage injected dose per gram) and in antigen-positive normal colonic mucosa (mean, ~0.03 percentage injected dose per gram). The estimated binding site occupancy for tumor and normal colon was 20%-50%.The in vivo biodistribution of (124)I-huA33 in human patients 1 wk after antibody administration was determined by A33 antigen expression. Our data imply that the optimal strategy for A33-based radioimmunotherapy of colon cancer will consist of a multistep treatment using a radionuclide with short-range (α- or β-particle) emissions.

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