Experimental radionuclide therapy of HER2-expressing xenografts using two-step targeting Nuclisome-particles
2012 (English)In: Journal of Nuclear Medicine, ISSN 0161-5505, E-ISSN 1535-5667, Vol. 53, no 3, 480-487 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The therapeutic potential of Auger-electron emitting radionuclides is strongly dependent on their close vicinity to DNA, since the energy deposition is mainly localized within a few cubic nanometers around the site of decay. Thus, apart from specificity, successful tumor therapy relies on a nuclear delivery strategy. We recently presented a two-step targeting strategy to transport Auger-electron-emitting radionuclides into the cell nucleus by means of nuclide-filled liposomes (Nuclisome particles), that is, polyethylene glycol-stabilized, tumor-cell-targeting liposomes loaded with (125)I-labeled anthracyclines. In the present study, the survival of mice intraperitoneally inoculated with human HER2-expressing SKOV-3 tumor cells and treated with HER2-targeting Nuclisome particles was studied.
BALB/c nu/nu mice were inoculated with 10(7) SKOV-3 cells intraperitoneally and thereafter directly injected with Nuclisome particles with increasing specific radioactivity. Groups of 10-12 mice were treated with 0.01 MBq/mouse up to 2 MBq/mouse, and survival was monitored and compared with that in control groups (n = 33). Organs were analyzed for HER2 expression and radiotoxic effects histologically. Absorbed doses were estimated using dose factors from the online Radiation Dose Assessment Resource model.
The results showed a clear correlation between administered radioactive dose and survival. No such dose-dependent survival was observed for mice treated with Nuclisome particles lacking HER2-targeting ability. With HER2-targeting Nuclisome particles, a significant increase in survival, compared with that of untreated control mice, could already be seen at an administered activity of 0.1 MBq/mouse (P = 0.0301). At the highest activity administered, 2 MBq/mouse (P < 0.0001), 70% of the mice survived the study and most were tumor-free. Neither macroscopic nor microscopic radiotoxic side effects were observed. Dosimetric calculations, assuming nonreceptor targeting, revealed that the radioactive doses to normal tissues were low.
Taken together the results show that with successful targeting to the tumor-cell nucleus it is possible to obtain a therapeutic effect from Auger-electron-emitting radionuclides administered at radioactive doses low enough to spare normal tissue from radiotoxic side effects.
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2012. Vol. 53, no 3, 480-487 p.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-158992DOI: 10.2967/jnumed.111.096891ISI: 000301194300046PubMedID: 22323773OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-158992DiVA: diva2:441981