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J Dermatol Sci. 1990 Jan;1(1):23-31.

In situ detection of cutaneous melanoma by prompt gamma-ray spectrometry using melanoma-seeking 10B-dopa analogue.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Kobe University School of Medicine, Japan.


10B1-para-boronophenylalanine (10B1-BPA), one of our boronated dopa analogues developed for thermal neutron capture therapy, has been found to have a selective affinity for malignant melanoma. We have established a method of 'in situ' detection of subcutaneous melanoma lesions, using this melanoma-seeking 10B-labeled compound. In this study, we applied an 'in situ' 10B microanalysis system via detection of the prompt gamma-ray from the 10B(n, alpha)7Li reaction triggered by irradiating the 10B-containing target with pure thermal neutrons, called prompt gamma-ray spectrometry, to hamsters bearing Greene's melanoma in subcutis and to a human patient whose occipital subcutaneous tumor was suspected of being a metastatic melanoma. In the hamsters, the time-dependent 10B dynamics showed increased 10B accumulation in melanoma, after 10B1-BPA administration, in contrast to that in non-melanoma normal skin. In the human patient, after subcutaneous injection of 10B1-BPA into perilesional sites 4 cm distant from the tumor margin, the average 10B concentration in the tumor was determined to be 24 ppm (microgram/g), in contrast to 3 ppm in skin covering the tumor and 1.1 ppm in blood, indicative of selectively high 10B1-BPA uptake by the tumor.

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