Comparative biodistribution of the radiohalogenated (Br, I and At) antibody A33. Implications for in vivo dosimetry

Anna Orlova, Johanna Hoöglund, Mark Lubberink, Ondrej Lebeda, Lars Gedda, Hans Lundqvist, Vladimir Tolmachev, Anders Sundin

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The alpha-emitter astatine-211 (T1/2 = 7.2 h) has great potential for use in targeted radionuclide therapy. Its potent alpha-radiation makes 211At unsuitable for dose planning. Its x-rays can be used for gammacamera monitoring of the radioactivity distribution during therapy but not for accurate estimation of absorbed dose in critical organs. This study was intended to establish whether the absorbed dose delivered by astatinated antibody could be accurately determined by analogue labeling with radiohalogens, better suited for quantitative measurements in vivo. PET facilitates quantitative pharmacokinetics; possible halogen labels are, e.g., 76Br (T1/2 = 16.2 h) and 124I (T1/2 = 4.18 d). Antibody A33 was labeled with 76Br, 125I and 211At using N-succinimidyl-p-halobenzoates. The conjugates were co-injected into Sprague-Dawley rats. Radioactivity concentrations in different organs and tissues were measured at three time points. Pharmacokinetic data were used to calculate absorbed doses. 125I and 76Br reflected the biokinetics of astatine reasonably well. The absorbed doses in bladder, kidney, pancreas, liver, bone and brain were determined with 10% accuracy. The absorbed doses in stomach, spleen and thyroid were underestimated by a factor 2-3. Positron-emitting analogues can be used to predict the astatine-derived dose in critical organs. Correction factors should be used for stomach, spleen and thyroid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-396
Number of pages12
JournalCancer Biotherapy and Radiopharmaceuticals
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pharmacology
  • Cancer Research

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