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Cancer Res. 2003 Aug 15;63(16):5084-90.

Targeted actinium-225 in vivo generators for therapy of ovarian cancer.

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  • 1Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Chemistry, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York 10021, USA.

Abstract

Advanced ovarian cancer is largely incurable, but initially it is frequently confined to the i.p. space. We explored i.p. radioimmunotherapy in a mouse model of human ovarian cancer. Use of a targeted actinium-225 ((225)Ac) in vivo generator of alpha particles exploits the extreme, selective cytotoxicity of alpha particles, while providing a feasible half-life to enable delivery to tumor. (225)Ac chelated with 2-(p-isothiocyanatobenzyl)-1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10 tetraacetic acid was conjugated to trastuzumab, an anti-HER-2/neu antibody. The radioimmunoconjugate was tested for immunoreactivity, internalization, and cytotoxicity using a human ovarian carcinoma cell line, SKOV3. (225)Ac-labeled trastuzumab retained immunoreactivity (50-90%), rapidly internalized into cells (50% at 2 h), and had an ED(50) of 1.3 nCi/ml after 4 days of incubation in vitro. i.p. administered (225)Ac- or (111)In-labeled trastuzumab behaved similarly with high tumor uptake [56-60% injected dose per gram (% ID/g) at 4 h, which increased to 65-70% ID/g at 24 h]. Tumor uptake was 3-5-fold higher than liver and spleen, the normal organs with the highest uptake. i.v. administration of (111)In-labeled trastuzumab produced slightly higher normal organ uptake compared with i.p.-administered (111)In-labeled trastuzumab. However, tumor uptake was low, 5%-26% ID/g. Therapy was examined with native trastuzumab and 220, 330, and 450 nCi of (225)Ac-labeled trastuzumab or (225)Ac-labeled control antibody at different dosing schedules. Therapy was initiated 9 days after tumor seeding. Groups of control mice and those administered native trastuzumab had median survivals of 33 and 37 or 44 days, respectively. Median survival was 52-126 days with (225)Ac-labeled trastuzumab at various doses and schedules, and 48-64 days for (225)Ac-labeled control the same schedules. Deaths from toxicity occurred with the highest activity levels. In conclusion, i.p. administration with a (225)Ac-labeled internalizing anti-HER-2/neu antibody can extend survival significantly in a nude mouse model of human ovarian cancer at levels that produce no apparent gross toxicity.

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