Biodistribution of 212Pb conjugated trastuzumab in mice

Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry - N. R. Schneider, M. Lobaugh, Z. Tan, P. Sandwall, P. Chen, S. E. Glover, L. Cui, M. Murry, Z. Dong, J. Torgue, H. B. Spitz …


The biodistribution in mice of 212Pb-trastuzumab, a HER2 targeting immunoglobulin (monoclonal antibody), was investigated for its potential as a therapeutic agent with immunocytotoxic applications. 212Pb-trastuzumab is an alpha-emitting radioimmunoconjugate that can deliver a short-range, high linear energy transfer (LET) radiation dose to targeted tissue. 212Pb is an attractive isotope for medical applications because it is has a short half-life (10.64 h), and one of its decay products (212Po) emits a very high LET alpha-particle (E = 8.78 MeV). Radiolabeled trastuzumab was found to be pure, functional, and intact by both ELISA and SDS-PAGE evaluation. The uptake and biodistribution of 212Pb-trastuzumab was determined as a percentage of the injected dose by analysis of nine different organs obtained from serially sacrificed male nude mice bearing orthotopic tumors of PC-3MM2 human prostate carcinoma. High-resolution gamma spectrometry was used to determine the content of 212Pb in each organ at several fixed times post intravenous injection. Although the PC-3MM2 cells express limited HER2 receptors, approximately 8 % of injected dose was observed in the tumor at 12 h post IV injection. Results of this biodistribution study support further investigation of radiolabeled 212Pb-trastuzumab, radiobiological organ microdosimetry, and optimal dosing regimens for trastuzumab as a therapeutic agent.

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