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ChemMedChem. 2015 May;10(5):797-803. doi: 10.1002/cmdc.201402496. Epub 2015 Mar 25.

Platinum(II) as bifunctional linker in antibody-drug conjugate formation: coupling of a 4-nitrobenzo-2-oxa-1,3-diazole fluorophore to trastuzumab as a model.

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Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, VU University Medical Center, P.O. Box 7057, 1007 MB Amsterdam (The Netherlands).


The potential of platinum(II) as a bifunctional linker in the coordination of small molecules, such as imaging agents or (cytotoxic) drugs, to monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) was investigated with a 4-nitrobenzo-2-oxa-1,3-diazole (NBD) fluorophore and trastuzumab (Herceptin™) as a model antibody. The effect of ligand and reaction conditions on conjugation efficiency was explored for [Pt(en)(L-NBD)Cl](NO3 ) (en=ethylenediamine), with L=N-heteroaromatic, N-alkyl amine, or thioether. Conjugation proceeded most efficiently at pH 8.0 in the presence of NaClO4 or Na2 SO4 in tricine or HEPES buffer. Reaction of N-coordinated complexes (20 equiv) with trastuzumab at 37 °C for 2 h, followed by removal of weakly bound complexes with excess thiourea, afforded conjugates with an NBD/mAb ratio of 1.5-2.9 that were stable in phosphate-buffered saline at room temperature for at least 48 h. In contrast, thioether-coordinated complexes afforded unstable conjugates. Finally, surface plasmon resonance analysis showed no loss in binding affinity of trastuzumab after conjugation.


antibodies; fluorescent probes; platinum; protein modification; thiourea

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