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Comparative evaluation of 111In-labeled NOTA‑conjugated affibody molecules for visualization of HER3 expression in malignant tumors
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Preclinical PET Platform.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Preclinical PET Platform.
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2015 (English)In: Oncology Reports, ISSN 1021-335X, E-ISSN 1791-2431, Vol. 34, no 2, p. 1042-1048Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Expression of human epidermal growth factor receptor type 3 (HER3) in malignant tumors has been associated with resistance to a variety of anticancer therapies. Several anti-HER3 monoclonal antibodies are currently under pre-clinical and clinical development aiming to overcome HER3-mediated resistance. Radionuclide molecular imaging of HER3 expression may improve treatment by allowing the selection of suitable patients for HER3-targeted therapy. Affibody molecules are a class of small (7 kDa) high-affinity targeting proteins with appreciable potential as molecular imaging probes. In a recent study, we selected affibody molecules with affinity to HER3 at a low picomolar range. The aim of the present study was to develop an anti-HER3 affibody molecule suitable for labeling with radiometals. The HEHEHE-Z08698-NOTA and HEHEHE-Z08699-NOTA HER3-specific affibody molecules were labeled with indium-111 (In-111) and assessed in vitro and in vivo for imaging properties using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). Labeling of HEHEHE-Z08698-NOTA and HEHEHE-Z08699-NOTA with In-111 provided stable conjugates. In vitro cell tests demonstrated specific binding of the two conjugates to HER3-expressing BT-474 breast carcinoma cells. In mice bearing BT-474 xenografts, the tumor uptake of the two conjugates was receptor-specific. Direct in vivo comparison of In-111-HEHEHE-Z08698-NOTA and In-111-HEHEHE-Z08699-NOTA demonstrated that the two conjugates provided equal radioactivity uptake in tumors, although the tumor-to-blood ratio was improved for In-111-HEHEHE-Z08698-NOTA [12 +/- 3 vs. 8 +/- 1,4 h post injection (p.i)] due to more efficient blood clearance. In-111-HEHEHE-Z08698-NOTA is a promising candidate for imaging of HER3-expression in malignant tumors using SPECT. Results of the present study indicate that this conjugate could be used for patient stratification for anti-HER3 therapy.

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2015. Vol. 34, no 2, p. 1042-1048
Keywords [en]
NOTA, indium-111, affibody molecules, HER3, molecular imaging
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Cancer and Oncology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-260279DOI: 10.3892/or.2015.4046ISI: 000357965600060PubMedID: 26059265OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-260279DiVA, id: diva2:847784
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Swedish Cancer SocietySwedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2015-08-21 Created: 2015-08-18 Last updated: 2018-09-20Bibliographically approved
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1. Affibody Molecules for HER3-targeted Theranostics of Malignant Tumours
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Affibody Molecules for HER3-targeted Theranostics of Malignant Tumours
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The HER3 receptor plays a strong role in disease progression and resistance to therapies in several cancer types. Due to its endogenous expression and low overexpression in malignant tumours, it is a particularly challenging target. The primary aim of this thesis project was to develop, evaluate and characterize affibody molecules for theranostic applications in HER3-expressing malignant tumours.

Paper I investigated the in vivo targeting properties and therapeutic efficacy of a bivalent affibody construct fused with an albumin binding domain, ZHER3-ABD-ZHER3. This construct could slow down the growth of HER3-expressing tumour xenografts without causing health problems or side effects in mice.

Paper II compared the in vitro and in vivo properties of two HER3-targeting affibody molecules (Z08698 and Z08699) to select an imaging probe for HER3 diagnostics. While the two constructs had similar properties, Z08698 demonstrated better blood clearance and better radioactivity retention in tumours.

Paper III and IV present the development of a HER3 imaging probe for PET using gallium and cobalt isotopes. We demonstrated that imaging of HER3 expression could be obtained as soon as 3 h pi using gallium-68. Additionally, we demonstrated that affibody molecules labelled with a neutral cobalt-NOTA complex had a lower radioactivity uptake in the liver than molecules radiolabelled with a positive gallium-NOTA complex. Imaging contrast increased over time. As the dose of the injected protein increased, the activity uptake in normal organs decreased, whereas the tumour uptake remained the same, which improved the imaging contrast and allowed discrimination between xenografts with high and low HER3 expression. This modification did not influence tumour activity uptake.

Paper V presents the HER3-targeting affibody molecule trimer as a tool to block hepatic uptake in order to increase the imaging contrast in the liver. The trimer demonstrated its ability to bind to endogenous receptors in the liver, which decreased the hepatic uptake of the radiolabelled monomer. This phenomenon enabled the monomer to pass the liver barrier, which increased tumour radioactivity uptake and improved imaging contrast.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2018. p. 62
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Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Pharmacy, ISSN 1651-6192 ; 258
Keywords
affibody molecules, theranostics, HER3, molecular imaging
National Category
Medicinal Chemistry
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-360973 (URN)978-91-513-0449-6 (ISBN)
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2018-11-09, Rudbecksalen, Rudbecklaboratoriet, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 20, Uppsala, 13:00 (English)
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