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Cancer Biother Radiopharm. 2012 Feb;27(1):72-6. doi: 10.1089/cbr.2011.1073. Epub 2011 Dec 7.

Automated module radiolabeling of peptides and antibodies with gallium-68, lutetium-177 and iodine-131.

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Department of Nuclear Medicine, The University of Western Australia, Fremantle Hospital, Fremantle, Australia.

Abstract

Our objectives were to automate radiolabeling of therapeutic activities for safe, reliable, cost-effective, practical routine preparation of (177)Lu-radiopeptides, (131)I radioimmunotherapeutic agents, and (68)Ga-peptide PET diagnostics and, in particular, minimize radiation exposure to the radiopharmaceutical chemist. Reprogramming and adaptation of a commercially available synthetic module (IBA molecular; Synthera®) allowed high yield, fully automated, in-house radiolabeling of novel therapeutic and diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals under remote shielded sterile conditions. Radiochemical yield and purity was measured by instant thin-layer chromatography and high-performance liquid chromatography. (68)Ga-octreotate and (177)Lu-octreotate were synthesized, resulting in both radiochemical yield and radiochemical purity greater than 99%. Synthesis of (131)I-rituximab resulted in a yield of 60%, with a radiochemical purity greater than 99%. Using 400 MBq (68)GaCl(3) per synthesis, the estimated absorbed body and hand dose for a manual synthesis was 2 and 27 μ Sv, contrasting with automated synthesis exposure of 1.3 and 7.9 μ Sv. Using 8000 MBq (177)LuCl(3) per synthesis, the estimated absorbed body and hand dose for a manual synthesis was 44.7 and 75 μ Sv, contrasting with automated synthesis exposure of 2.5 and 20 μ Sv. Using 6000 MBq (131)I per synthesis, the estimated absorbed body and hand dose for a manual synthesis was 83.7 and 335 μ Sv, contrasting with automated synthesis exposure of 10.9 and 54.7 μ Sv. The reduction in radiation exposure by automated synthesis of radiopharmaceuticals in the Synthera® module was at least five fold. Automated synthesis of therapeutic (177)Lu and (131)I radiopharmaceuticals and (68)Ga PET agents in the shielded sterile Synthera® module is simple, practical, and efficient and virtually eliminates radiation exposure to the radiopharmaceutical chemist.

PMID:
22149590
DOI:
10.1089/cbr.2011.1073
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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