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  • 1. Akhtar, Monira
    et al.
    Holmgren, Claes
    Gondor, Anita
    Vesterlund, Mattias
    Kanduri, Chandrasekhar
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology.
    Larsson, Catharina
    Ekström, Tomas J.
    Cell type and context-specific function of PLAG1 for IGF2 P3 promoter activity2012In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 41, no 6, p. 1959-1966Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The fetal transcription factor PLAG1 is found to be overexpressed in cancers, and has been suggested to bind the insulin like growth factor 2 (IGF2) P3 promoter, and to activate the IGF2 gene. The expression of IGF2 has partly been linked to loss of CTCF-dependent chromatin insulator function at the H19 imprinting control region (ICR). We investigated the role of PLAG1 for IGF2 regulation in Hep3B and JEG-3 cell lines. Chromatin immunoprecipitation revealed cell type-specific binding of PLAG1 to the IGF2 P3 promoter, which was substantially insensitive to recombinant PLAG1 overexpression in the endogenous context. We hypothesized that the H19 chromatin insulator may be involved in the cell type-specific PLAG1 response. By using a GFP reporter gene/insulator assay plasmid construct with and without the H19 ICR and/or an SV40 enhancer, we confirm that the effect of the insulator is specifically associated with the activity of the IGF2 P3 promoter in the GFP reporter system, and furthermore, that the reporter insulator is functional in JEG-3 but not in Hep3B cells. FACS analysis was used to assess the function of PLAG1 in low endogenously expressing, but Zn-inducible stable PLAG1 expressing JEG-3 cell clones. Considerable increase in IGF2 expression upon PLAG1 induction with a partial insulator overriding activity was found using the reporter constructs. This is in contrast to the effect of the endogenous IGF2 gene which was insensitive to PLAG1 expression in JEG-3, while modestly induced the already highly expressed IGF2 gene in Hep3B cells. We suggest that the PLAG1 binding to the IGF2 P3 promoter and IGF2 expression is cell type-specific, and that the PLAG1 transcription factor acts as a transcriptional facilitator that partially overrides the insulation by the H19 ICR.

  • 2.
    Altai, Mohamed
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Medical Radiation Science.
    Liu, Hao
    KTH Royal Inst Technol, Sch Biotechnol, Div Prot Technol, SE-10691 Stockholm, Sweden.
    Orlova, Anna
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Division of Molecular Imaging.
    Tolmachev, Vladimir
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Medical Radiation Science.
    Gräslund, Torbjörn
    KTH Royal Inst Technol, Sch Biotechnol, Div Prot Technol, SE-10691 Stockholm, Sweden.
    Influence of molecular design on biodistribution and targeting properties of an Affibody-fused HER2-recognising anticancer toxin2016In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 49, no 3, p. 1185-1194Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Targeted delivery of toxins is a promising way to treat disseminated cancer. The use of monoclonal antibodies as targeting moiety has provided proof-of-principle for this approach. However, extravasation and tissue penetration rates of antibody-based immunotoxins are limited due to antibody bulkiness. The use of a novel class of targeting probes, Affibody molecules, provides smaller toxin-conjugated constructs, which may improve targeting. Earlier, we have demonstrated that affitoxins containing a HER2-targeting Affibody moiety and a deimmunized and truncated exotoxin A from Pseudomonas aeruginosa, PE38X8, provide highly selective toxicity to HER2-expressing cancer cells. To evaluate the influence of molecular design on targeting and biodistribution properties, a series of novel affitoxins were labelled with the residualizing radionuclide 111In. In this study, we have shown that the novel conjugates are more rapidly internalized compared with the parental affitoxin. The use of a (HE)3 purification tag instead of a hexahistidine tag enabled significant (p<0.05) reduction of the hepatic uptake of the affitoxin in a murine model. Fusion of the affitoxin with an albumin-binding domain (ABD) caused appreciable extension of the residence time in circulation and several-fold reduction of the renal uptake. The best variant, 111In-(HE)3-ZHER2-ABD-PE38X8, demonstrated receptor-specific accumulation in HER2-expressing SKOV-3 xenografts. In conclusion, a careful molecular design of scaffold protein based anticancer targeted toxins can appreciably improve their biodistribution and targeting properties.

  • 3.
    Andersson, Jennie
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Preclinical PET Platform.
    Rosestedt, Maria
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Preclinical PET Platform.
    Asplund, Veronika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Preclinical PET Platform.
    Yavari, Nazila
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Preclinical PET Platform.
    Orlova, Anna
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Preclinical PET Platform.
    In Vitro Therapy Modeling of HER2 Targeting Therapy in Disseminated Prostate Cancer2014In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 45, no 5, p. 2153-2158Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Prostate cancer (PCa) is the most common cancer type among men. Treatments against advanced PCa are limited and in many cases only palliative. In a later, androgent independent, stage of PCa androgen receptors can be activated without interaction with ligand, i.e., by receptors of tyrosine kinase (RTK) family in the outlaw pathway. Human epidermal growth factor receptors HER2 and EGFR belong to RTK-family. HER2 is one of the main actors in the outlaw pathway with EGFR as the preferable heterodimerizing partner. We hypothesized that information on HER2 expression in advanced PCa could be useful for selection of patients for anti-RTK therapy and monitoring of therapy response. A panel of PCa cell lines (LNCap, PC3, DU-145) was subjected to a 8-week treatment using drugs influencing the RTK: trastuzumab (anti‑HER2), 17-DMAG (Hsp90 inhibitor), alone or in combination, and their HER2 and EGFR expressions were compared with non-treated cells. Treatment with trastuzumab decreased proliferation of LNCap and DU-145 cell lines, while 17-DMAG and trastuzumab/17‑DMAG combination affected all three cell lines. HER2 expression was significantly increased in PC3 cells, the most resistant cell line. On the contrary, in responding cells (LNCap and DU-145) HER2 expression decreased, accompanied by increased EGFR expression. However, additional treatment of cells with cetuximab (anti‑EGFR) did not give any additive effect to trastuzumab. In this study the response to anti-RTK therapy proved to vary between different PCa cell lines. We have demonstrated that RTK targeting treatments may affect the phenotypic profile of PCa tumor cells that correlates with therapy outcome. Observation of such changes during treatment could be used for monitoring and an improved therapy outcome.

  • 4. Barta, Pavel
    et al.
    Malmberg, Jennie
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Preclinical PET Platform.
    Melicharova, Ludmila
    Strandgård, John
    Orlova, Anna
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Preclinical PET Platform.
    Tolmachev, Vladimir
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Laznicek, Milan
    Andersson, Karl
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Protein interactions with HER-family receptors can have different characteristics depending on the hosting cell line2012In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 40, no 5, p. 1677-1682Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cell lines are common model systems in the development of therapeutic proteins and in the research on cellular functions and dysfunctions. In this field, the protein interaction assay is a frequently used tool for assessing the adequacy of a protein for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. In this study, we investigated the extent to which the interaction characteristics depend on the choice of cell line for HER-family receptors. The interaction characteristics of two therapeutic antibodies (trastuzumab and cetuximab) and one Affibody molecule (ZHER2:342), interacting with the intended receptor were characterized with high precision using an automated real-time interaction method, in different cell lines (HaCaT, A431, HEP-G2, SKOV3, PC3, DU-145). Clear differences in binding affinity and kinetics, up to one order of magnitude, were found for the interaction of the same protein binding to the same receptor on different cells for all three proteins. For HER-family receptors, it is therefore important to refer to the measured affinity for a protein-receptor interaction together with the hosting cell line. The ability to accurately measure affinity and kinetics of a protein-receptor interaction on cell lines of different origins may increase the understanding of underlying receptor biology, and impact the selection of candidates in the development of therapeutic or diagnostic agents.

  • 5.
    Benetkiewicz, Magdalena
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Genetics and Pathology.
    Piotrowski, Arkadiusz
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Genetics and Pathology.
    Díaz de Ståhl, Teresita
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Genetics and Pathology.
    Jankowski, Michal
    Bala, Dariusz
    Hoffman, Jacek
    Srutek, Ewa
    Laskowski, Ryszard
    Zegarski, Wojciech
    Dumanski, Jan P.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Genetics and Pathology.
    Chromosome 22 array-CGH profiling of breast cancer delimited minimal common regions of genomic imbalances and revealed frequent intra-tumoral genetic heterogeneity2006In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 29, no 4, p. 935-945Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Breast cancer is a common malignancy and the second most frequent cause of death among women. Our aim was to perform DNA copy number profiling of 22q in breast tumors using a methodology which is superior, as compared to the ones applied previously. We studied 83 biopsies from 63 tumors obtained from 60 female patients. A general conclusion is that multiple distinct patterns of genetic aberrations were observed, which included deletion(s) and/or gain(s), ranging in size from affecting the whole chromosome to only a few hundred kb. Overall, the analysis revealed genomic imbalances of 22q in 22% (14 out of 63) of tumors. The predominant profile (11%) was monosomy 22. The smallest identified candidate region, in the vicinity of telomere of 22q, encompasses approximately 220 kb and was involved in all but one of the tumors with aberrations on chromosome 22. This segment is dense in genes and contains 11 confirmed and one predicted gene. The availability of multiple biopsies from a single tumor provides an excellent opportunity for analysis of possible intra-tumor differences in genetic profiles. In 15 tumors we had access to two or three biopsies derived from the same lesion and these were studied independently. Four out of 15 (26.6%) tumors displayed indications of clonal intra-tumor genotypic differences, which should be viewed as a high number, considering that we studied in detail only a single human chromosome. Our results open up several avenues for continued genetic research of breast cancer.

  • 6. Bogaerts, Eliene
    et al.
    Heindryckx, Femke
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology.
    Vandewynckel, Yves-Paul
    Van Grunsven, Leo A.
    Van Vlierberghe, Hans
    The roles of transforming growth factor- similar to, Wnt, Notch and hypoxia on liver progenitor cells in primary liver tumours ( Review)2014In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 44, no 4, p. 1015-1022Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Primary liver tumours have a high incidence and mortality. The most important forms are hepatocellular carcinoma and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, both can occur together in the mixed phenotype hepatocellular-cholangiocarcinoma. Liver progenitor cells (LPCs) are bipotential stem cells activated in case of severe liver damage and are capable of forming both cholangiocytes and hepatocytes. Possibly, alterations in Wnt, transforming growth factor-, Notch and hypoxia pathways in these LPCs can cause them to give rise to cancer stem cells, capable of driving tumourigenesis. In this review, we summarize and discuss current knowledge on the role of these pathways in LPC activation and differentiation during hepatocarcinogenesis.

  • 7.
    Bohl Kullberg, E
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology.
    Carlsson, Jörgen
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Edwards, Katarina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Physical and Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry.
    Capala, J
    Sjöberg, S
    Gedda, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Introductory experiments on ligand liposomes as delivery agents for boronneutron capture therapy2003In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 23, no 2, p. 461-467Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Liposomes are, when coupled to receptor ligands, candidates for receptor mediated delivery of boron for tumour therapy since they have capacity to deliver large amounts of boron per receptor interaction. With EGF-liposomes we present a pegylated ligand liposome delivery vehicle, containing water soluble boronated phenanthridine, WSP1, or water soluble boronated acridine, WSA1, for EGFR targeting. In the case of WSA1 a ligand dependent uptake was obtained and the boron uptake was as good as if free WSA1 was given. No ligand dependent boron uptake was seen for WSP1 containing liposomes. Thus, WSA1 is a candidate for further studies. Approximately 10(5) boron atoms were in each liposome. A critical assessment indicates that after optimization up to 10(6) boron atoms can be loaded. Since it is known that, for therapeutic effect, approximately 10(8)-10(9) boron atoms are needed in a single tumour cell it is realized that 10(2)-10(3) receptor interactions are needed to meet the demand. Tests applying cultured glioma cells indicate, without optimization of the delivery conditions, a boron uptake in the ppm range, which is necessary for successful BNCT. Thus, it seems possible to kill micro-invasive tumour cells with targeted liposomes if the delivery conditions are optimal.

  • 8.
    Ekberg, Thomas
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences.
    Nestor, Marika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Engström, Mats
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences.
    Nordgren, Hans
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Genetics and Pathology.
    Wester, Kenneth
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology.
    Carlsson, Jörgen
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Anniko, Matti
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences.
    Expression of EGFR, HER2, HER3, and HER4 in metastatic squamous cell carcinomas of the oral cavity and base of tongue2005In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 26, no 5, p. 1177-85Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The expressions of all four receptors in the epidermal growth factor receptor family, EGFR. HER2, HER3, and HER4 were evaluated by immunohistochemistry in 19 cases of metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity and base of tongue. EGFR had a similar and high expression in both primary tumours and the corresponding metastases, while the expression in normal epithelium was lower in most cases. HER2 was not expressed to the same extent as EGFR. However, when HER2 was well expressed, it was in most cases expressed to the same extent and intensity in the primary tumours, metastases, and normal epithelium. The expression of HER3 and HER4 varied and was mainly cytoplasmic in all cases studied. No overexpression of HER3 and HER4 in tumours was seen as compared to normal epithelium. In order to further investigate the distribution of HER3, two HER3 expressing cell lines originating from tongue cancer were analysed in vitro, using radiolabelled anti-HER3 antibodies directed to the extracellular domains of the receptor. The results indicated that HER3 was not present in measurable amounts in the cellular membrane. There is a need for improved diagnostics and therapy for the studied type of tumours, e.g. using radiolabelled antibodies or ligands, and EGFR seemed suitable as target since the expression was high, membrane associated and similar in the primary tumours and the corresponding metastases.

  • 9.
    Göstring, Lovisa
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Chew, Ming Tsuey
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Orlova, Anna
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Höidén-Guthenberg, Ingmarie
    Wennborg, Anders
    Carlsson, Jörgen
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Frejd, Fredrik Y.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Quantification of internalization of EGFR-binding Affibody molecules: Methodological aspects2010In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 36, no 4, p. 757-763Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Tumor cell internalization of targeting agents is of interest, since internalization influences the local retention time of a radionuclide and thereby imaging quality in PET and SPECT and effects of radionuclide therapy. In cases where nuclear methods are not applicable at the cellular level, quantitative fluorescent techniques are useful as described in this article. Two fluorescence-based methods to study cellular internalization were applied: the CypHer and the Alexa488-quenching methods, both utilized in fluorescence microscopy and flow cytometry. Two EGFR-binding Affibody molecules were analyzed in A431 cells: the monomer Z1907 and the dimer (Z1907)2. EGF, cetuximab and non-specific Affibody molecules were used as controls. For comparison, internalization of 111In-labeled Z1907 was studied with the acid wash internalization assay. The Cypher method is straightforward, but requires equal labeling of all compounds for accurate quantification. The Alexa488-quenching method is preferable since it is independent of the dye-to-protein ratio. According to this method, about 45% of EGF and 19-24% of the bound Affibody molecules and cetuximab were internalized within one hour. Similar results were seen with 111In-Z1907 in the acid wash method, while (Z1907)2 was not removed by acid and thus could not be studied this way. The fluorescence-based Alexa488-quenching method is well suited to quantitatively analyze internalization of targeting agents, also those that resist acid wash. The internalized fraction showed that both the monomeric and dimeric Affibody molecules are expected to give good uptake and thereby good retention of metallic radionuclides which will render good tumor to background values.

  • 10. Hardell, Lennart
    et al.
    Carlberg, Michael
    Söderqvist, Fredrik
    Department of Oncology, University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Hansson Mild, Kjell
    Case-control study of the association between malignant brain tumours diagnosed between 2007 and 2009 and mobile and cordless phone use2013In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 43, no 6, p. 1833-1845Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Previous studies have shown a consistent association between long-term use of mobile and cordless phones and glioma and acoustic neuroma, but not for meningioma. When used these phones emit radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMFs) and the brain is the main target organ for the handheld phone. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified in May, 2011 RF-EMF as a group 2B, i.e. a 'possible' human carcinogen. The aim of this study was to further explore the relationship between especially long-term (>10 years) use of wireless phones and the development of malignant brain tumours. We conducted a new case-control study of brain tumour cases of both genders aged 18-75 years and diagnosed during 2007-2009. One population-based control matched on gender and age (within 5 years) was used to each case. Here, we report on malignant cases including all available controls. Exposures on e.g. use of mobile phones and cordless phones were assessed by a self-administered questionnaire. Unconditional logistic regression analysis was performed, adjusting for age, gender, year of diagnosis and socio-economic index using the whole control sample. Of the cases with a malignant brain tumour, 87% (n=593) participated, and 85% (n=1,368) of controls in the whole study answered the questionnaire. The odds ratio (OR) for mobile phone use of the analogue type was 1.8, 95% confidence interval (CI)=1.04‑3.3, increasing with >25 years of latency (time since first exposure) to an OR=3.3, 95% CI=1.6-6.9. Digital 2G mobile phone use rendered an OR=1.6, 95% CI=0.996-2.7, increasing with latency >15-20 years to an OR=2.1, 95% CI=1.2-3.6. The results for cordless phone use were OR=1.7, 95% CI=1.1-2.9, and, for latency of 15-20 years, the OR=2.1, 95% CI=1.2-3.8. Few participants had used a cordless phone for >20-25 years. Digital type of wireless phones (2G and 3G mobile phones, cordless phones) gave increased risk with latency >1-5 years, then a lower risk in the following latency groups, but again increasing risk with latency >15-20 years. Ipsilateral use resulted in a higher risk than contralateral mobile and cordless phone use. Higher ORs were calculated for tumours in the temporal and overlapping lobes. Using the meningioma cases in the same study as reference entity gave somewhat higher ORs indicating that the results were unlikely to be explained by recall or observational bias. This study confirmed previous results of an association between mobile and cordless phone use and malignant brain tumours. These findings provide support for the hypothesis that RF-EMFs play a role both in the initiation and promotion stages of carcinogenesis.

  • 11. Hardell, Lennart
    et al.
    Carlberg, Michael
    Söderqvist, Fredrik
    Department of Oncology, University Hospital, Örebro.
    Hansson Mild, Kjell
    Pooled analysis of case-control studies on acoustic neuroma diagnosed 1997-2003 and 2007-2009 and use of mobile and cordless phones2013In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 43, no 4, p. 1036-1044Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We previously conducted a case-control study of acoustic neuroma. Subjects of both genders aged 20-80 years, diagnosed during 1997-2003 in parts of Sweden, were included, and the results were published. We have since made a further study for the time period 2007-2009 including both men and women aged 18-75 years selected from throughout the country. These new results for acoustic neuroma have not been published to date. Similar methods were used for both study periods. In each, one population-based control, matched on gender and age (within five years), was identified from the Swedish Population Registry. Exposures were assessed by a self-administered questionnaire supplemented by a phone interview. Since the number of acoustic neuroma cases in the new study was low we now present pooled results from both study periods based on 316 participating cases and 3,530 controls. Unconditional logistic regression analysis was performed, adjusting for age, gender, year of diagnosis and socio-economic index (SEI). Use of mobile phones of the analogue type gave odds ratio (OR) = 2.9, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 2.0-4.3, increasing with >20 years latency (time since first exposure) to OR = 7.7, 95% CI = 2.8-21. Digital 2G mobile phone use gave OR = 1.5, 95% CI = 1.1-2.1, increasing with latency >15 years to an OR = 1.8, 95% CI = 0.8-4.2. The results for cordless phone use were OR = 1.5, 95% CI = 1.1-2.1, and, for latency of >20 years, OR = 6.5, 95% CI = 1.7-26. Digital type wireless phones (2G and 3G mobile phones and cordless phones) gave OR = 1.5, 95% CI = 1.1-2.0 increasing to OR = 8.1, 95% CI = 2.0-32 with latency >20 years. For total wireless phone use, the highest risk was calculated for the longest latency time >20 years: OR = 4.4, 95% CI = 2.2-9.0. Several of the calculations in the long latency category were based on low numbers of exposed cases. Ipsilateral use resulted in a higher risk than contralateral for both mobile and cordless phones. OR increased per 100 h cumulative use and per year of latency for mobile phones and cordless phones, though the increase was not statistically significant for cordless phones. The percentage tumour volume increased per year of latency and per 100 h of cumulative use, statistically significant for analogue phones. This study confirmed previous results demonstrating an association between mobile and cordless phone use and acoustic neuroma.

  • 12.
    Honarvar, Hadis
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Garousi, Javad
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Gunneriusson, Elin
    Höidén-Guthenberg, Ingmarie
    Altai, Mohamed
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Widström, Charles
    Tolmachev, Vladimir
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Frejd, Fredrik Y
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Imaging of CAIX-expressing xenografts in vivo using 99mTc-HEHEHE-ZCAIX: 1 Affibody molecule2015In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 46, no 2, p. 513-20Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Carbonic anhydrase IX (CAIX) is a transmembrane enzyme involved in regulation of tissue pH balance. In cancer, CAIX expression is associated with tumor hypoxia. CAIX is also overexpressed in renal cell carcinoma and is a molecular target for the therapeutic antibody cG250 (girentuximab). Radionuclide imaging of CAIX expression might be used for identification of patients who may benefit from cG250 therapy and from treatment strategies for hypoxic tumors. Affibody molecules are small (7 kDa) scaffold proteins having a high potential as probes for radionuclide molecular imaging. The aim of the present study was to evaluate feasibility of in vivo imaging of CAIX-expression using radiolabeled Affibody molecules. A histidine-glutamate-histidine-glutamate-histidine-glutamate (HE)3-tag-containing CAIX-binding Affibody molecule (HE)3-ZCAIX:1 was labeled with [99mTc(CO)3]+. Its binding properties were evaluated in vitro using CAIX-expressing SK-RC-52 renal carcinoma cells. 99mTc-(HE)3-ZCAIX:1 was evaluated in NMRI nu/nu mice bearing SK-RC-52 xenografts. The in vivo specificity test confirmed CAIX-mediated tumor targeting. 99mTc-(HE)3-ZCAIX:1 cleared rapidly from blood and normal tissues except for kidneys. At optimal time-point (4 h p.i.), the tumor uptake was 9.7±0.7% ID/g, and tumor-to-blood ratio was 53±10. Experimental imaging of CAIX-expressing SK-RC-52 xenografts at 4 h p.i. provided high contrast images. The use of radioiodine label for ZCAIX:1 enabled the reduction of renal uptake, but resulted in significantly lower tumor uptake and tumor-to-blood ratio. Results of the present study suggest that radiolabeled Affibody molecules are promising probes for imaging of CAIX-expression in vivo.

  • 13.
    Häggblad Sahlberg, Sara
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology.
    Mortensen, Anja C.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Medical Radiation Science.
    Haglöf, Jakob
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Analytical Pharmaceutical Chemistry.
    Engskog, Mikael K. R.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Analytical Pharmaceutical Chemistry.
    Arvidsson, Torbjörn
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Analytical Pharmaceutical Chemistry.
    Pettersson, Curt
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Analytical Pharmaceutical Chemistry.
    Glimelius, Bengt
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Experimental and Clinical Oncology.
    Stenerlöw, Bo
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Medical Radiation Science.
    Nestor, Marika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Medical Radiation Science. Uppsala University, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab.
    Different functions of AKT1 and AKT2 in molecular pathways, cell migration and metabolism in colon cancer cells2017In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 50, no 1, p. 5-14Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    AKT is a central protein in many cellular pathways such as cell survival, proliferation, glucose uptake, metabolism, angiogenesis, as well as radiation and drug response. The three isoforms of AKT (AKT1, AKT2 and AKT3) are proposed to have different physiological functions, properties and expression patterns in a cell type-dependent manner. As of yet, not much is known about the influence of the different AKT isoforms in the genome and their effects in the metabolism of colorectal cancer cells. In the present study, DLD-1 isogenic AKT1, AKT2 and AKT'/2 knockout colon cancer cell lines were used as a model system in conjunction with the parental cell line in order to further elucidate the differences between the AKT isoforms and how they are involved in various cellular pathways. This was done using genome wide expression analyses, metabolic profiling and cell migration assays. In conclusion, downregulation of genes in the cell adhesion, extracellular matrix and Notch-pathways and upregulation of apoptosis and metastasis inhibitory genes in the p53-pathway, confirm that the knockout of both AKT1 and AKT2 will attenuate metastasis and tumor cell growth. This was verified with a reduction in migration rate in the AKT1 KO and AKT2 KO and most explicitly in the AKT1/2 KO. Furthermore, the knockout of AKT1, AKT2 or both, resulted in a reduction in lactate and alanine, suggesting that the metabolism of carbohydrates and glutathione was impaired. This was further verified in gene expression analyses, showing downregulation of genes involved in glucose metabolism. Additionally, both AKT1 KO and AKT2 KO demonstrated an impaired fatty acid metabolism. However, genes were upregulated in the Wnt and cell proliferation pathways, which could oppose this effect. AKT inhibition should therefore be combined with other effectors to attain the best effect.

  • 14.
    Häggblad Sahlberg, Sara
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Spiegelberg, Diana
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Lennartsson, Johan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.
    Nygren, Peter
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Oncology.
    Glimelius, Bengt
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Oncology.
    Stenerlöw, Bo
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    The effect of a dimeric Affibody molecule (ZEGFR:1907)2 targeting EGFR in combination with radiation in colon cancer cell lines2012In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 40, no 1, p. 176-184Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is frequently overexpressed in colorectal cancer and is therefore an attractive target for treatment. (ZEGFR:1907)2 is a newly developed dimeric affibody molecule with high affinity to the extracellular part of EGFR. In this study, we evaluated the cytotoxic effects of (ZEGFR:1907)2 in combination with external radiation and the possible inhibitory effects in the EGFR signalling pathways in the colon cancer cell lines HT-29 and HCT116. The effects were compared with an EGFR antibody (cetuximab) and the tyrosine kinase inhibitors (erlotinib and sunitinib). These cell lines are genotypically different with respect to e.g. KRAS and BRAF mutational status, recently shown to be of clinical significance for therapeutic effects. Both cell lines express approximately 100,000-150,000 EGFRs per cell but differ in the radiation response (HCT116, SF2=0.28 and HT-29, SF2=0.70). Exposure to (ZEGFR:1907)2 produced a small, but significant, reduction in survival in HCT116 but did not affect HT-29 cells. Similar results were obtained after exposure to EGF and the EGFR antibody cetuximab. The EGFR tyrosine kinase targeting inhibitor erlotinib and the multi-tyrosine kinase inhibitor sunitinib reduced survival in both cell lines. However, none of the drugs had any significant radiosensitizing effects in combination with radiation. Akt and Erk are central proteins in the EGFR downstream signalling and in the cellular response to ionizing radiation. The activation of Akt (Ser 473) and Erk (Thr202/Tyr204) by radiation was both dose- and time-dependent. However the activation of EGFR was not clearly affected by radiation. Neither (ZEGFR:1907)2 nor any of the other drugs were able to completely inactivate Akt or Erk. On the contrary, erlotinib stimulated Akt phosphorylation in both cell lines and in HCT116 cells Erk was activated. Overall the results illustrate the complexity in response to radiation and drugs in cells with differential phenotypic status.

  • 15. Jamil, S.
    et al.
    Cedervall, Jessica
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology.
    Hultman, I.
    Ali, R.
    Margaryan, N. V.
    Rasmuson, A.
    Johnsen, J. I.
    Sveinbjornsson, B.
    Dalianis, T.
    Kanter, L.
    Orrego, A.
    Strizzi, L.
    Hendrix, M. J. C.
    Sandstedt, B.
    Kogner, P.
    Ahrlund-Richter, L.
    Neuroblastoma cells injected into experimental mature teratoma reveal a tropism for embryonic loose mesenchyme2013In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 43, no 3, p. 831-838Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Embryonic neural tumors are responsible for a disproportionate number of cancer deaths in children. Although dramatic improvements in survival for pediatric malignancy has been achieved in previous years advancements seem to be slowing down. For the development of new enhanced therapy and an increased understanding of the disease, pre-clinical models better capturing the neoplastic niche are essential. Tumors of early childhood present in this respect a particular challenge. Here, we explore how components of the embryonic process in stem-cell induced mature teratoma can function as an experimental in vivo microenvironment instigating the growth of injected childhood neuroblastoma (NB) cell lines. Three human NB cell lines, IMR-32, Kelly and SK-N-BE(2), were injected into mature pluripotent stem cell-induced teratoma (PSCT) and compared to xenografts of the same cell lines. Proliferative NB cells from all lines were readily detected in both models with a typical histology of a poorly differentiated NB tumor with a variable amount of fibrovascular stroma. Uniquely in the PSCT microenvironment, NB cells were found integrated in a non-random fashion. Neuroblastoma cells were never observed in areas with well-differentiated somatic tissue i.e. bone, muscle, gut or areas of other easily identifiable tissue types. Instead, the three cell lines all showed initial growth exclusively occurring in the embryonic loose mesenchymal stroma, resulting in a histology recapitulating NB native presentation in vivo. Whether this reflects the 'open' nature of loose mesenchyme more easily giving space to new cells compared to other more dense tissues, the rigidity of matrix providing physical cues modulating NB characteristics, or if embryonic loose mesenchyme may supply developmental cues that attracted or promoted the integration of NB, remains to be tested. We tentatively hypothesize that mature PSCT provide an embryonic niche well suited for in vivo studies on NB.

  • 16.
    Kullberg, Erika Bohl
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Stenerlöw, Bo
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Ghirmai, Senait
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry.
    Lundqvist, Hans
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Malmström, Per-Uno
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences.
    Orlova, Anna
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Tolmachev, Vladimir
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Gedda, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    An aminoacridine derivative for radionuclide therapy: DNA binding properties studied in a novel cell-free in vitro assay2005In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 27, no 5, p. 1355-60Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Radiolabelled DNA-binding compounds can be used to increase the efficiency of radionuclide cancer therapy of disseminated disease. In this work, the aminoacridine compound N-[3-(acridine-9-ylamino)-propyl]-3-iodobenzamide (A3) labelled with the Auger-emitting nuclide 125I using Chloramine-T was studied. Optimal labelling conditions of 125I-A3 were investigated and the interaction with DNA was studied using a novel cell-free in vitro assay with naked human genomic DNA in agarose plugs. This novel assay showed to be simple and reliable. The results verify that 125I-A3 specifically binds DNA with low dissociation and is potent in causing double-strand breaks, yielding 1.0-1.4 breaks per decay. In conclusion, 125I-A3 is a most suitable DNA-binding compound for future therapeutic studies of Auger-electron emitters like 125I.

  • 17. Liu, Hao
    et al.
    Seijsing, Johan
    Frejd, Fredrik Y.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Medical Radiation Science.
    Tolmachev, Vladimir
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Medical Radiation Science.
    Gräslund, Torbjörn
    Target-specific cytotoxic effects on HER2-expressing cells by the tripartite fusion toxin Z(HER2:2891)-ABD-PE38X8, including a targeting affibody molecule and a half-life extension domain2015In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 47, no 2, p. 601-609Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Development of cancer treatment regimens including immunotoxins is partly hampered by their immunogenicity. Recently, deimmunized versions of toxins have been described, potentially being better suited for translation to the clinic. In this study, a recombinant tripartite fusion toxin consisting of a deimmunized version of exotoxin A from Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PE38) genetically fused to an affibody molecule specifically interacting with the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), and also an albumin binding domain (ABD) for half-life extension, has been produced and characterized in terms of functionality of the three moieties. Biosensor based assays showed that the fusion toxin was able to interact with human and mouse serum albumin, but not with bovine serum albumin and that it interacted with HER2 (K-D=5 nM). Interestingly, a complex of the fusion toxin and human serum albumin also interacted with HER2 but with a somewhat weaker affinity (K-D=12 nM). The IC50-values of the fusion toxin ranged from 6 to 300 pM on SKOV-3, SKBR-3 and A549 cells and was lower for cells with higher surface densities of HER2. The fusion toxin was found specific for HER2 as shown by blocking available HER2 receptors with free affibody molecule before subjecting the cells to the toxin. Analysis of contact time showed that 10 min was sufficient to kill 50% of the cells. In conclusion, all three regions of the fusion toxin were found to be functional.

  • 18.
    Malmberg, Jennie
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Tolmachev, Vladimir
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Orlova, Anna
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Imaging agents for in vivo molecular profiling of disseminated prostate cancer - targeting EGFR receptors in prostate cancer: Comparison of cellular processing of [In-111]-labeled affibody molecule Z(EGFR:2377) and cetuximab2011In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 38, no 4, p. 1137-1143Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Expression of receptor tyrosine-kinase (RTK) EGFR is low in normal prostate, but increases in prostate cancer. This receptor is significantly up-regulated as tumors progress into higher grade, androgen-insensitive and metastatic lesions. The up-regulated receptors could serve as targets for novel selective anti-cancer drugs, e.g. antibodies and tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Radionuclide imaging of RTK can facilitate patient stratification and monitoring of anti-RTK therapy of prostate cancer. The goal of the study was to evaluate binding and cellar processing of radiolabeled EGFR-targeting conjugates by prostate cancer cell lines. Receptor expression of EGFR was studied in three prostate cancer cell lines: DU145 (brain metastasis of PC, hormone insensitive), PC3 (bone metastasis of PC) and LNCaP (lymph node metastasis of PC, androgen and estrogen receptor positive). Uptake and internalization of anti-EGFR mAbs (cetuximab) and affibody molecule (Z2377) labeled with indium-111 was investigated. EGFR expression on prostate cancer cell lines was clearly demonstrated. Both labelled conjugates 111In-Z2377 and 111In-cetuximab bound to prostate cancer cells in the receptor mediated model. Expression levels were modest but correlate with degree of hormone independence. Internalization of Affibody molecules was relatively slow in all cell lines. Internalization of mAbs was more rapid. The level of EGFR expression in these cell lines is sufficient for in vivo molecular imaging. Slow internalization indicates possibility of the use of non-residualizing labels for affibody molecules.

  • 19.
    Mortensen, Anja C
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology.
    Spiegelberg, Diana
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences.
    Haylock, Anna-Karin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences.
    Lundqvist, Hans
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology.
    Nestor, Marika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology.
    Preclinical evaluation of a novel engineered recombinant humananti-CD44v6 antibody for potential use in radio-immunotherapy2018In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    CD44v6 is overexpressed in a variety of cancers,rendering it a promising target for radio-immunotherapy (RIT).In this study, we have characterized a novel engineered recombinantmonoclonal anti-CD44v6 antibody, AbN44v6, andassessed its potential for use in RIT using either 177Lu or 131Ias therapeutic radionuclides. In vitro affinity and specificityassays characterized the binding of the antibody labeled with177Lu, 125I or 131I. The therapeutic effects of 177Lu-AbN44v6 and131I-AbN44v6 were investigated using two in vitro 3D tumormodels with different CD44v6 expression. Finally, the normaltissue biodistribution and dosimetry for 177Lu-AbN44v6 and125I-AbN44v6/131I-AbN44v6 were assessed in vivo using amouse model. All AbN44v6 radioconjugates demonstratedCD44v6-specific binding in vitro. In the in vitro 3D tumormodels, dose-dependent therapeutic effects were observedwith both 177Lu-AbN44v6 and 131I-AbN44v6, with a greatersignificant therapeutic effect observed on the cells with a higherCD44v6 expression. Biodistribution experiments demonstrateda greater uptake of 177Lu-AbN44v6 in the liver, spleen and bone,compared to 125I-AbN44v6, whereas 125I-AbN44v6 demonstrateda longer circulation time. In dosimetric calculations, thecritical organs for 177Lu-AbN44v6 were the liver and spleen,whereas the kidneys and red marrow were considered the criticalorgans for 131I-AbN44v6. The effective dose was in the order of0.1 mSv/MBq for both labels. In conclusion, AbN44v6 boundspecifically and with high affinity to CD44v6. Furthermore,in vitro RIT demonstrated growth inhibition in a CD44v6-specific activity-dependent manner for both radioconjugates,demonstrating that both 177Lu-AbN44v6 and 131I-AbN44v6 maybe promising RIT candidates. Furthermore, biodistributionand dosimetric analysis supported the applicability of bothconjugates for RIT. The CD44v6-specific therapeutic effectsobserved with radiolabeled AbN44v6 in the 3D tumor modelsin vitro, combined with the beneficial dosimetry

  • 20.
    Nordberg, Erika
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Ekerljung, Lina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology.
    Häggblad Sahlberg, Sara
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology.
    Carlsson, Jörgen
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology.
    Lennartsson, Johan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm , Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.
    Glimelius, Bengt
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Oncology.
    Effects of an EGFR-binding affibody molecule on intracellular signaling pathways2010In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 36, no 4, p. 967-972Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Effects on intracellular signaling were studied in cells treated with the affibody molecule (Z(EGFR:955))(2) that targets the epithelial growth factor receptor (EGFR). EGFR is over-expressed in many types of cancers and plays a fundamental role in cell signaling and it is of interest to find targeting agents capable of blocking the receptor. The clinically approved antibody cetuximab (Erbitux (R)) and the natural ligand EGF were included as reference molecules. Two EGFR-rich cell lines, A-431 and U-343, were exposed to the three targeting agents and lysed. The cell lysates were immunoprecipitated with the receptors, or directly separated by SDS-Pace. Autophosphorylation of the receptors and phosphorylation of the downstream signaling proteins Erk and Akt, were evaluated by Western blotting. Although the three different agents compete for the same binding site on EGFR, they influenced the signaling differently. The affibody molecule did not induce autophosphorylation of EGFR or my other receptor in the EGFR-family but, in spite of this, induced phosphorylation of Erk in both cell lines and Akt in the A-431 cells. Thus, the results suggest that the signaling pattern induced by (Z(EGFR:955))(2) is only partly similar to that induced by cetuximab. This makes the affibody molecule a potentially interesting alternative to cetuximab for EGFR-targeted therapy since it might give different therapy-related effects on tumor cells and different side effects on normal tissues.

  • 21.
    Qvarnström, O. F
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology.
    Simonsson, M
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology.
    Eriksson, V
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Turesson, I
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology.
    Carlsson, J
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    gamma H2AX and cleaved PARP-1 as apoptotic markers in irradiated breast cancer BT474 cellular spheroids2009In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 35, no 1, p. 41-47Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Chemo- and radiotherapy induce apoptosis in tumours and surrounding tissues. In a search for robust and reliable apoptosis markers, we have evaluated immunostaining patterns of gamma H2AX and cleaved PARP-1 in paraffin-embedded cellular spheroids. Breast cancer BT474 cells were grown as cell spheroids to diameters of 700-800 pm. The spheroids contained an outer cell layer with proliferative cells, a deeper region with quiescent cells and a central area with necrosis. They were irradiated with 5 Gy and the frequency of apoptotic cells was determined at several time points (0-144 h) and distances (0-150 mu m) from the spheroids surface. gamma H2AX and cleaved PARP-1 were quantified independently. Apoptotic frequencies for the two markers agreed both temporally and spatially in the proliferative regions of the spheroids. The gamma H2AX signal was stronger and had lower background compared to cleaved PARP-1. The central necrotic region was intensely stained with cleaved PARP-1, whereas no gamma H2AX could be detected. The apoptotic frequency increased with distance from surface for all time points. However, apoptotic frequencies, above unirradiated control levels, could only be detected for the last time point, 144 h after irradiation. We have shown that the spheroid model is a practical system for evaluation of staining patterns and specificities of apoptosis markers. Also, the radial gradient provides the opportunity to study apoptosis under a range of physiological conditions within the same system. We have further shown that gamma H2AX and cleaved PARP-1 are applicable markers for apoptosis in the proliferative regions of the spheroids. However, the more intense and clear staining patterns of gamma H2AX suggests that this marker is preferable for quantification of apoptosis in spheroids and similar paraffin-embedded materials.

  • 22.
    Qvarnström, O. Fredrik
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Oncology.
    Simonsson, Martin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Oncology.
    Carlsson, Jörgen
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Tran, Thuy A.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Effects of affinity on binding of HER2-targeting Affibody molecules: Model experiments in breast cancer spheroids2011In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 39, no 2, p. 353-359Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Binding of a targeting agent in tumor tissue is influenced by many factors such as molecular weight, charge and affinity of the targeting agent and vascularization of the tumor. In this study, we analyzed tumor cell binding of three HER2-specific and radiolabeled Affibody molecules with different affinities. The Affibody molecules had affinities in the range of 0.12-3.8 nM. Cellular binding was analyzed, after 2 h of incubation, in tumor spheroids composed of BT474 breast cancer cells, which highly express HER2. Binding was, due to the binding-site barrier,limited to the outer 15 +/- 5 mu m rim of the spheroids, independent of affinity when the concentration of the substances was low. When the concentration was high, the binding site barrier was overcome and the binding occurred approximately 35 +/- 5 mu m into the spheroids for the two high affinity substances and 50 +/- 5 mu m for the low affinity substance. The lower affinity might allow for penetration into deeper regions due to less firm binding. We conclude that there is a binding site barrier within tumor spheroids which can be overcome by increased concentration of substance and modified by affinity.

  • 23.
    Rosestedt, Maria
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Theranostics.
    Andersson, Ken G
    Mitran, Bogdan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Theranostics.
    Rinne, Sara S.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Theranostics.
    Tolmachev, Vladimir
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Medical Radiation Science.
    Löfblom, John
    Orlova, Anna
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Theranostics.
    Ståhl, Stefan
    Evaluation of radiocobalt-labelled affibody molecule for imaging of human epidermal growth factor receptor 3 expression2017In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 51, no 6, p. 1765-1774Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The human epidermal growth factor receptor 3 (HER3) is involved in the development of cancer resistance towards tyrosine kinase-targeted therapies. Several HER3‑targeting therapeutics are currently under clinical evaluation. Non-invasive imaging of HER3 expression could improve patient management. Affibody molecules are small engineered scaffold proteins demonstrating superior properties as targeting probes for molecular imaging compared with monoclonal antibodies. Feasibility of in vivo HER3 imaging using affibody molecules has been previously demonstrated. Preclinical studies have shown that the contrast when imaging using anti-HER3 affibody molecules can be improved over time. We aim to develop an agent for PET imaging of HER3 expression using the long-lived positron-emitting radionuclide cobalt-55 (55Co) (T1/2=17.5 h). A long-lived cobalt isotope 57Co was used as a surrogate for 55Co in this study. The anti-HER3 affibody molecule HEHEHE-ZHER3-NOTA was labelled with radiocobalt with high yield, purity and stability. Biodistribution of 57Co-HEHEHE-ZHER3-NOTA was measured in mice bearing DU145 (prostate carcinoma) and LS174T (colorectal carcinoma) xenografts at 3 and 24 h post injection (p.i.). Tumour-to-blood ratios significantly increased between 3 and 24 h p.i. (p<0.05). At 24 h p.i., tumour-to-blood ratios were 6 for DU145 and 8 for LS174T xenografts, respectively. HER3‑expressing xenografts were clearly visualized in a preclinical imaging setting already 3 h p.i., and contrast further improved at 24 h p.i. In conclusion, the radiocobalt-labelled anti-HER3 affibody molecule, HEHEHE-ZHER3-NOTA, is a promising tracer for imaging of HER3 expression in tumours.

  • 24.
    Sandström, Karl
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Haylock, Anna-Karin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Spiegelberg, Diana
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Qvarnström, Fredrik
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Oncology.
    Wester, Kenneth
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Molecular and Morphological Pathology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Nestor, Marika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    A novel CD44v6 targeting antibody fragment with improved tumor-to-blood ratio2012In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 40, no 5, p. 1525-1532Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The chimeric monoclonal antibody U36 (cMAb U36) recognizes the CD44v6 antigen. Its potential as a radioimmunotargeting agent, as well as its safety, has been shown in previous studies in head and neck cancer patients. However, intact MAbs have long circulation time in the blood and tumor targeting may also be hampered due to the slow and incomplete diffusion into solid tumors. In comparison, smaller monovalent Fab' and divalent F(ab')2 fragments are expected to exhibit shorter circulating half-lives, better tumor penetration and are thus more likely to yield better imaging results. In this study, novel F(ab')2 and Fab' fragments from cMAb U36 were radiolabeled with 125I and the characteristics of the conjugates in vitro were examined. The biodistribution of the conjugates were then evaluated in nude mice bearing CD44v6-expressing xenograft tumors. Furthermore, the penetration depth and distribution in tumor tissue was assessed by autoradiography in selected tumor samples. The in vitro experiments showed that the conjugates were stable and had intact affinity to CD44v6. The biodistribution study demonstrated superior tumor-to-blood ratio for the novel cMAb U36 fragment 125I-F(ab')2 compared with both the intact MAb and the monovalent fragment form. Autoradiography also revealed better tumor penetration for 125I-F(ab')2. This study demonstrates that the use of antibody fragments may improve radioimmunotargeting and possibly improve the management of head and neck malignancies.

  • 25.
    Segerström, Lova
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Stenerlow, Bo
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Eriksson, Veronika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Carlsson, Jörgen
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Effects of radiation on growth of two human tumour cell lines surviving a previous high dose, low dose-rate, radionuclide exposure2008In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 33, no 2, p. 341-9Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Effects of radiation on growth of two human tumour cell lines that survived a previous high dose, low dose-rate radionuclide exposure simulating intensive radionuclide therapy, were analyzed. The purpose was to investigate whether the survivors gained therapy induced changes in growth and radiation response. The U118MG, ParRes (parental resistant), and U373MG, ParSen (parental sensitive), glioma cells were used because they are known to be low dose-rate radiation resistant and sensitive, respectively. These cells were initially exposed to high dose, low dose-rate radiation for 24 h and surviving U118MG and U373MG cells formed new cultures called SurRes (surviving resistant) and SurSen (surviving sensitive), respectively. All four cell types were then exposed to graded acute radiation doses, 0-8 Gy, and analyzed for radiation induced growth disturbances. They were also analyzed regarding DNA-content and cell cycle distributions. The SurRes cells regained in most cases the same growth rate, had the same growth delays and showed generally a similar response as the original ParRes cells to the 0-8 Gy exposures. In contrast, the SurSen cells had in all cases slower growth rate and longer growth delays than the original ParSen cells after the 0-8 Gy exposures. There were no signs of radiation-induced radioresistance. The slow growing SurSen cells contained about 80% more DNA and had more cells in G1 and fewer in G2 than the ParSen cells. The conclusion is that tumour cells surviving high dose, low dose-rate, radionuclide therapy, afterwards can react differently to a new radiation exposure.

  • 26.
    Skírnisdottir, Ingiridur
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
    Seidal, Tomas
    Halmstad Med Ctr Hosp, Dept Pathol, Halmstad, Sweden..
    Åkerud, Helena
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
    The relationship of the angiogenesis regulators VEGF-A, VEGF-R1 and VEGF-R2 to p53 status and prognostic factors in epithelial ovarian carcinoma in FIGO-stages I-II2016In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 48, no 3, p. 998-1006Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study was to evaluate prognostic effect of the angiogenesis regulators VEGF-R1, VEGF-R2 and VEGF-A for recurrent disease and disease-free survival (DFS), and their relation to the apoptosis regulator p53, in 131 patients with FIGO-stages I-II with epithelial ovarian cancer. For the detection of positivity of the markers the techniques of tissue microarrays and immunohistochemistry (IHC) were used. In tumors the frequency of positive staining for VEGF-R1 was 19%, for VEGF-R2 and VEGF-A, it was 77 and 70%, respectively. Positivity for p53 was detected in 25% of tumors. The total number of recurrences in the complete series was 34 out of 131 (26%) and 5-year disease-free survival (DFS) was 68%. Positive staining for VEGF-A (P=0.030), VEGF-R2 (P=0.011) and p53 (P=0.015) was found more frequently in type II tumors than in type I tumors. Patients with VEGF-R1 negative tumors had worse (P=0.021) DFS compared to patients with VEGF-R1 positive tumors. In two multivariate Cox analyzes with DFS as endpoint, FIGO-stage (HR=3.8), VEGF-R2 status (HR=0.4) and p53 status (HR=2.3), all were significant and independent prognostic factors. When the variables VEGF-R2 and p53 were replaced with the new variable VEGF-R2(+)p53(-/)other three combinations in one group, it was found that patients from that subgroup had 86% reduced risk of dying in disease (HR=0.24). Findings above, confirmed relationship between VEGF-R2 and VEGF-A and p53, respectively, with regard to recurrent disease and survival. Some findings from the present study are different from results from previous studies on the regulation of angiogenesis. Despite many trials with anti-angiogenic agents in the front line of ovarian cancer have shown to be positive for progression-free survival, no one has demonstrated an impact on overall survival. Therefore, one of the greatest challenges in ovarian cancer research, is to discover predictive and prognostic biomarkers.

  • 27.
    Skírnisdóttir, Ingirídur
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
    Sorbe, Bengt
    Prognostic factors for surgical outcome and survival in 447 women treated for advanced (FIGO-stages III-IV) epithelial ovarian carcinoma2007In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 30, no 3, p. 727-734Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The objectives of this population-based, retrospective study, was to find predictive factors for surgical outcome and long-term survival in 447 patients with epithelial ovarian cancer in FIGO-stages III-IV treated during 1975-1993. The median overall survival rate of this series was 18 months, the 5-year cancer-specific survival rate was 18%, and the 5-year overall survival rate, 16%. In a logistic regression analysis, type of surgeon was the strongest (P=0.006) predictive factor for surgical outcome after the age of the patient. The optimal debulking rate was 36% for gynecologic oncologists, 29% for general gynecologists, 24% for combined gynecologist and obstetrician with the third level of specialization, and 4% for general surgeons. Optimal debulking (no visible tumor or residual tumor <2 cm) was achieved in 26% of the cases. Predictive factors of the outcome of cyto-reduction were FIGO-stage (P=0.007), histological subtype (P=0.016), and tumor grade (P=0.046) in univariate analyses. In a Cox multivariate analysis the most important prognostic factor for overall survival was the amount of residual cancer (P=0.000001) before age, grade and stage. Therefore, to achieve optimal surgical outcome and optimal overall survival rate the primary surgery of advanced ovarian cancer should be performed by gynecologic oncologists or by gynecologists specially trained in gynecologic cancer surgery.

  • 28.
    Tolmachev, Vladimir
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Malmberg, Jennie
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Preclinical PET Platform.
    Estrada, Sergio
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Preclinical PET Platform.
    Eriksson, Olof
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Preclinical PET Platform.
    Orlova, Anna
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Preclinical PET Platform.
    Development of a I-124-labeled version of the anti-PSMA monoclonal antibody capromab for immunoPET staging of prostate cancer: Aspects of labeling chemistry and biodistribution2014In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 44, no 6, p. 1998-2008Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Correct staging of prostate cancer is an unmet clinical need. Radionuclide targeting of prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) with In-111-labeled capromab pendetide (ProstaScint) is a clinical option for prostate cancer staging. We propose the use of I-124-labeled capromab to decrease the retention of radioactivity in healthy organs (due to the non-residualizing properties of the radiolabel). The use of I-124 as a label should increase imaging sensitivity due to the advantages of PET as an imaging modality. Capromab targets the intracellular domain of PSMA; accumulation of radioactivity in the tumor should not depend on internalization of the antigen/antibody complex. Capromab was iodinated, and its targeting properties were compared with indium labeled counterpart in LNCaP xenografts in dual isotope mode. PSMA-negative xenografts (PC3) were used as a negative control. Radioiodinated capromab bound to PSMA specifically. Biodistribution of I-125/In-111-capromab showed a more rapid clearance of iodine radioactivity from liver, spleen, kidneys, bones, colon tissue, as well as tumors. Maximum tumor uptake (13 +/- 8% ID/g for iodine and 29 +/- 9% ID/g for indium) and tumor-to-non-tumor ratios for both agents were measured 5 days post-injection (pi). High tumor accumulation and low uptake of radioactivity in normal organs were confirmed using microPET/CT 5 days pi of I-124-capromab.

  • 29. Uggla, Bertil
    et al.
    Tina, Elisabet
    Nahi, Hareth
    Paul, Christer
    Höglund, Martin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Sirsjö, Allan
    Tidefelt, Ulf
    Topoisomerase IIα mRNA and protein expression vs. in vitro drug resistance and clinical outcome in acute leukaemia2007In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 31, no 1, p. 153-160Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The objective of this study was to correlate the expression of topoisomerase (topo) IIalpha to in vitro drug sensitivity and to the clinical outcome in patients with acute leukaemia. Leukaemic cells were isolated from bone marrow or blood from 94 patients. Topo IIalpha mRNA (n=58) and protein (n=60) expression was determined by real-time RT-PCR and flow cytometry, respectively. In both groups, chemosensitivity testing by a bioluminescence ATP assay was performed to a variable extent for both topo IIalpha poisons and non-topo IIalpha targeting drugs. Topo IIalpha mRNA expression varied with relative values ranging from 0.03 to 14.20 (median 1.10). The median value for topo IIalpha protein-positive cells was 23% (range 0-99%). Cell samples from patients with a high (>median value) percentage of topo IIalpha-positive cells were significantly more sensitive to the topo IIalpha active drugs etoposide and daunorubicin, and showed a borderline value for idarubicin (p=0.08), while there was no difference for non-topo IIalpha targeting drugs. However, we did not find any significant differences in mRNA expression or the percentage of topo IIalpha-positive cells in patients who achieved complete remission after at most two induction courses compared with those who did not, nor did we find any difference in survival when patients with high mRNA expression/percentage of topo IIalpha-positive cells were compared with patients with low values. We conclude that expression of topo IIalpha, determined as percentage of topo IIalpha-positive cells, in leukaemic cells correlates to chemosensitivity in vitro against topoisomerase poisons but that it does not predict clinical outcome in acute leukaemia.

  • 30.
    Wei, Qichun
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Chen, Lirong
    Sheng, Liming
    Nordgren, Hans
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Genetics and Pathology.
    Wester, Kenneth
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Carlsson, Jörgen
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    EGFR, HER2 and HER3 expression in esophageal primary tumours and corresponding metastases2007In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 31, no 3, p. 493-499Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The expression of EGFR, HER2 and HER3 receptors were analyzed in immunohistochemical preparations from primary esophageal tumours and corresponding lymph node metastases. The goal was to evaluate whether any of these receptors are suitable as targets for radionuclide based imaging and therapy. The receptor expressions were evaluated in parallel samples, primary tumour and metastasiis, from each patient (n = 51). The majority of the cases were esophageal squamous cell carcinomas, ESCC, (n = 40). The HercepTest scoring was used for the analysis of both HER2 and EGFR expression (0, 1+, 2+ or 3+). HER3 was only evaluated as negative, weak or strong staining. EGFR overexpression (2+/3+) was found in 67.5 % (27/40) of both the ESCC primary tumours and the corresponding lymph node metastases. There were only a few changes in these EGFR-scores;: two cases from 2+/3+ to 0/1+ when the primary tumours were compared to the corresponding metastases and two changes the other way around. HER2 overexpression (2+/3+) was only found only in 3three of the primary ESCC tumours and 2two of the lymph node metastases. EGFR and HER2 stainings were found mainly in the cell membranes. The HER3 staining (weak or strong) was mainly cytoplasmic and granular and was observed in about half (20/39) of the cases, for both the ESCC primary tumours and the corresponding lymph node metastases. It is was concluded that ESCC lymph node metastases generally have a strong expression of EGFR stronglyin their cell membranes and to the same extent as in the primary tumours. The stability in EGFR expression is encouraging for efforts to develop radionuclide based EGFR imaging agents. It is also possible that EGFR targeting agents (e.g. Iressa, Tarceva, Erbitux or radiolabelled antibodies) can be applied for therapy of ESCC.

  • 31.
    Wu, Xuping
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Oncology.
    Sooman, Linda
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Oncology.
    Lennartsson, Johan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.
    Bergström, Stefan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Oncology.
    Bergqvist, Michael
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Oncology.
    Gullbo, Joachim
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cancer Pharmacology and Computational Medicine.
    Ekman, Simon
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Oncology.
    Microtubule inhibition causes epidermal growth factor receptor inactivation in oesophageal cancer cells2013In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 42, no 1, p. 297-304Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Drugs that interfere with microtubule function can prevent cells from mitosis and may cause cell cycle arrest or apoptosis. Various microtubule targeting agents, both stabilizers and inhibitors, are used in a clinical setting to treat cancer. In the current study, we investigated the sensitivity of oesophageal cancer cells to different microtubule targeting agents. The current study demonstrated that different microtubule targeting agents disrupted the microtubule network and inhibited survival of oesophageal cancer cells in a dose-dependent manner. Interestingly, an additional cellular effect with inhibition of tyrosine phosphorylation of the EGFR and subsequent downregulation of EGFR-induced signalling was also observed, suggesting an additional mechanism of action for microtubule destabilising agents. A tyrosine phosphatase inhibitor, sodium orthovanadate, could reverse the EGFR dephosphorylation effects induced by microtubule targeting agents. The EGFR dephosphorylation could be reversed by a tyrosine phosphatase inhibitor, indicating that disruption of the microtubule network may lead to activation of a protein tyrosine phosphatasc (PTP) that can regulate EGFR phosphorylation and activation, an effect of potential clinical relevance for combination therapies in patients.

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