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  • 1.
    Haylock, Anna-Karin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Targeting molecules for diagnostics of Head and Neck squamous cell carcinoma2017Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    To personalize treatment for cancer, correct staging of the primary tumor, nodal disease and metastatic disease is of essence. By targeting tumor specific receptors with radiolabeled antibodies, specificity and accuracy of imaging may be improved. Radio-immunodiagnostics can potentially detect small volume disease, occult metastasis and recurrent cancer in treated tissue. This thesis focuses on evaluation of radio-immunoconjugates directed towards CD44v6, which is a surface receptor overexpressed in many head and neck squamous cell carcinomas. At the outset, the monoclonal chimeric antibody cMab U36 and its cleavage products Fab’ and F(ab’)2 were labeled with 125I and assessed in vitro and in vivo (paper I). The best distribution pattern and tumor to organ ratio was achieved with F(ab’)2. Due to the immunological responses humans can develop towards chimeric antibodies, they are not optimal for clinical use, and subsequently fully human antibody fragments were developed. AbD15179, which is a monovalent fragment, was labeled with 111In and 125I and evaluated in vitro and in mice bearing CD44v6-expressing tumors. Tumor to organ ratios were improved compared to cMab U36 derived fragments, and 111In-AbD15179 displayed a more favorable distribution compared to 125I-AbD15179 (Paper II). A bivalent Fab-dHXL, AbD19384 derived from AbD15179, was then constructed and labeled with 125I and evaluated in cell- and biodistribution studies. Furthermore, an imaging study in a small animal PET was performed with 124I-AbD19384 (Paper III). Uptake in kidneys was reduced and liver uptake increased compared to AbD15179 reflecting the larger molecule. The high CD44v6 expressing tumor was clearly visualized with maximum uptake at 48 hours post injection.In paper IV human single chain fragments towards CD44v6v were selected, and the top candidates A11 and H12 were further evaluated in vitro and in vivo. Single chain fragments are small molecules exhibiting fast clearance and high affinity to the target. The study proved this by demonstrating superior tumor to blood ratios of radiolabeled A11 and H12 compared to previously studied molecules. 

    List of papers
    1. A novel CD44v6 targeting antibody fragment with improved tumor-to-blood ratio
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>A novel CD44v6 targeting antibody fragment with improved tumor-to-blood ratio
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    2012 (English)In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 40, no 5, p. 1525-1532Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    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.

    National Category
    Medical Biotechnology (with a focus on Cell Biology (including Stem Cell Biology), Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry or Biopharmacy) Otorhinolaryngology
    Research subject
    Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-170945 (URN)10.3892/ijo.2012.1352 (DOI)000302273400023 ()22307465 (PubMedID)
    Available from: 2012-03-14 Created: 2012-03-14 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
    2. In vivo characterization of the novel CD44v6-targeting Fab fragment AbD15179 for molecular imaging of squamous cell carcinoma: a dual-isotope study
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>In vivo characterization of the novel CD44v6-targeting Fab fragment AbD15179 for molecular imaging of squamous cell carcinoma: a dual-isotope study
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    2014 (English)In: EJNMMI Research, ISSN 2191-219X, E-ISSN 2191-219X, Vol. 4, article id 11Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Patients with squamous cell carcinoma in the head and neck region (HNSCC) offer a diagnostic challenge due to difficulties to detect small tumours and metastases. Imaging methods available are not sufficient, and radio-immunodiagnostics could increase specificity and sensitivity of diagnostics. The objective of this study was to evaluate, for the first time, the in vivo properties of the radiolabelled CD44v6-targeting fragment AbD15179 and to assess its utility as a targeting agent for radio-immunodiagnostics of CD44v6-expressing tumours.

    METHODS: The fully human CD44v6-targeting Fab fragment AbD15179 was labelled with 111In or 125I, as models for radionuclides suitable for imaging with SPECT or PET. Species specificity, antigen specificity and internalization properties were first assessed in vitro. In vivo specificity and biodistribution were then evaluated in tumour-bearing mice using a dual-tumour and dual-isotope setup.

    RESULTS: Both species-specific and antigen-specific binding of the conjugates were demonstrated in vitro, with no detectable internalization. The in vivo studies demonstrated specific tumour binding and favourable tumour targeting properties for both conjugates, albeit with higher tumour uptake, slower tumour dissociation, higher tumour-to-blood ratio and higher CD44v6 sensitivity for the 111In-labelled fragment. In contrast, the 125I-Fab demonstrated more favourable tumour-to-organ ratios for liver, spleen and kidneys.

    CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that AbD15179 efficiently targets CD44v6-expressing squamous cell carcinoma xenografts, and particularly, the 111In-Fab displayed high and specific tumour uptake. CD44v6 emerges as a suitable target for radio-immunodiagnostics, and a fully human antibody fragment such as AbD15179 can enable further clinical imaging studies.

    Keywords
    Radio-immunodiagnostics, Antibody fragment, CD44v6, Molecular imaging, Fab, I-125, In-111
    National Category
    Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-221094 (URN)10.1186/2191-219X-4-11 (DOI)000357859200001 ()24598405 (PubMedID)
    Available from: 2014-03-25 Created: 2014-03-25 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
    3. Evaluation of a novel type of imaging probe based on a recombinant bivalent mini-antibody construct for detection of CD44v6-expressing squamous cell carcinoma
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Evaluation of a novel type of imaging probe based on a recombinant bivalent mini-antibody construct for detection of CD44v6-expressing squamous cell carcinoma
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    2015 (English)In: International journal of oncology, ISSN 1791-2423, Vol. 48, no 2, p. 461-470Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    We have developed the CD44v6-targeting human bivalent antibody fragment AbD19384, an engineered recombinant human bivalent Fab antibody formed via dimerization of dHLX (synthetic double helix loop helix motif) domains, for potential use in antibody-based molecular imaging of squamous cell carcinoma in the head and neck region. This is a unique construct that has, to the best of our knowledge, never been assessed for molecular imaging in vivo before. The objective of the present study was to evaluate for the first time the in vitro and in vivo binding properties of radio-iodinated AbD19384, and to assess its utility as a targeting agent for molecular imaging of CD44v6-expressing tumors. Antigen specificity and binding properties were assessed in vitro. In vivo specificity and biodistribution of 125I-AbD19384 were next evaluated in tumor-bearing mice using a dual-tumor setup. Finally, AbD19384 was labeled with 124I, and its imaging properties were assessed by small animal PET/CT in tumor bearing mice, and compared with 2-deoxy-2-[18F]fluoro-D-glucose (18F-FDG). In vitro studies demonstrated CD44v6-specific binding with slow off-rate for AbD19384. A favorable biodistribution profile was seen in vivo, with tumor-specific uptake. Small animal PET/CT images of 124I-AbD19384 supported the results through clearly visible high CD44v6-expressing tumors and faintly visible low expressing tumors, with superior imaging properties compared to 18F-FDG. Tumor-to-blood ratios increased with time for the conjugate (assessed up to 72 h p.i.), although 48 h p.i. proved best for imaging. Biodistribution and small-animal PET studies demonstrated that the recombinant Fab-dHLX construct AbD19384 is a promising tracer for imaging of CD44v6 antigen expression in vivo, with the future aim to be used for individualized diagnosis and early detection of squamous cell carcinomas in the head and neck region. Furthermore, this proof-of-concept research established the feasibility of using recombinant Fab-dHLX constructs for in vivo imaging of tumor biomarkers.

    Keywords
    molecular imaging, CD44v6; Fab-dHLX; F(ab')(2), recombinant antibodies, immuno-PET, head and neck squamous cell carcinoma
    National Category
    Cancer and Oncology
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-270259 (URN)10.3892/ijo.2015.3290 (DOI)000366897500003 ()26676731 (PubMedID)
    Available from: 2015-12-22 Created: 2015-12-22 Last updated: 2017-11-15Bibliographically approved
    4. Generation and evaluation of antibody agents for molecular imaging of CD44v6 expressing cancers
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Generation and evaluation of antibody agents for molecular imaging of CD44v6 expressing cancers
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    (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Keywords
    scFv, recombinant antibody formats, CD44v6, squamous cell carcinoma, molecular imaging
    National Category
    Other Basic Medicine
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-316722 (URN)
    Available from: 2017-03-14 Created: 2017-03-14 Last updated: 2018-01-13
  • 2.
    Haylock, Anna-Karin
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. Uppsala Univ, Dept Immunol Genet & Pathol, Uppsala, Sweden..
    Nilvebrant, Johan
    Royal Inst Technol, Sch Biotechnol, Div Prot Technol, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Mortensen, Anja
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Medical Radiation Science.
    Velikyan, Irina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Radiology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Division of Molecular Imaging.
    Nestor, Marika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Medical Radiation Science.
    Falk, Ronny
    Karolinska Inst, Dept Neurosci, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Generation and evaluation of antibody agents for molecular imaging of CD44v6-expressing cancers2017In: OncoTarget, ISSN 1949-2553, E-ISSN 1949-2553, Vol. 8, no 39, p. 65152-65170Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: The aim of this study was to generate and characterize scFv antibodies directed to human CD44v6, as well as to radiolabel and evaluate top candidates in vitro and in vivo for their potential use in CD44v6-targeted molecular imaging in cancer patients.

    Materials and methods: Phage display selections were used to isolate CD44v6-specific scFvs. A chain shuffling strategy was employed for affinity maturation based on a set of CD44v6-specific first-generation clones. Two second-generation scFv clones were then chosen for labeling with 111In or 125I and assessed for CD44v6-specific binding on cultured tumor cells. In vivo uptake and distribution was evaluated in tumor-bearing mice using a dual tumor model. Finally, a proof-of-concept small animal PET-CT study was performed on one of the candidates labeled with 124I.

    Results: Two affinity-matured clones, CD44v6-scFv-A11 and CD44v6-scFv-H12, displayed promising binding kinetics. Seven out of eight radiolabeled conjugates demonstrated CD44v6-specific binding. In vivo studies on selected candidates demonstrated very advantageous tumor-to-organ ratios, in particular for iodinated conjugates, where 125I-labeled scFvs exhibited favorable kinetics and tumor-to-blood ratios above five already at 24 hours p. i.. The small animal PET-CT study using 124I-labeled CD44v6-scFv-H12 was in line with the biodistribution data, clearly visualizing the high CD44v6-expressing tumor.

    Conclusion: The single chain fragments, CD44v6-scFv-A11 and CD44v6-scFv-H12 specifically bind to CD44v6, and the radiolabeled counterparts provide high tumor-to-blood ratios and fast clearance from organs and blood. We conclude that radioiodinated CD44v6-scFv-A11 and CD44v6-scFv-H12 possess features highly suitable for stringent molecular imaging.

  • 3.
    Haylock, Anna-Karin
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. 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 Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Medical Radiation Science.
    Mortensen, Anja C.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Medical Radiation Science.
    Selvaraju, Ram K.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry.
    Nilvebrant, Johan
    Royal Inst Technol, Sch Biotechnol, Div Prot Technol, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Eriksson, Olof
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry.
    Tolmachev, Vladimir
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Medical Radiation Science.
    Nestor, Marika V
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Medical Radiation Science. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Evaluation of a novel type of imaging probe based on a recombinant bivalent mini-antibody construct for detection of CD44v6-expressing squamous cell carcinoma2015In: International journal of oncology, ISSN 1791-2423, Vol. 48, no 2, p. 461-470Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We have developed the CD44v6-targeting human bivalent antibody fragment AbD19384, an engineered recombinant human bivalent Fab antibody formed via dimerization of dHLX (synthetic double helix loop helix motif) domains, for potential use in antibody-based molecular imaging of squamous cell carcinoma in the head and neck region. This is a unique construct that has, to the best of our knowledge, never been assessed for molecular imaging in vivo before. The objective of the present study was to evaluate for the first time the in vitro and in vivo binding properties of radio-iodinated AbD19384, and to assess its utility as a targeting agent for molecular imaging of CD44v6-expressing tumors. Antigen specificity and binding properties were assessed in vitro. In vivo specificity and biodistribution of 125I-AbD19384 were next evaluated in tumor-bearing mice using a dual-tumor setup. Finally, AbD19384 was labeled with 124I, and its imaging properties were assessed by small animal PET/CT in tumor bearing mice, and compared with 2-deoxy-2-[18F]fluoro-D-glucose (18F-FDG). In vitro studies demonstrated CD44v6-specific binding with slow off-rate for AbD19384. A favorable biodistribution profile was seen in vivo, with tumor-specific uptake. Small animal PET/CT images of 124I-AbD19384 supported the results through clearly visible high CD44v6-expressing tumors and faintly visible low expressing tumors, with superior imaging properties compared to 18F-FDG. Tumor-to-blood ratios increased with time for the conjugate (assessed up to 72 h p.i.), although 48 h p.i. proved best for imaging. Biodistribution and small-animal PET studies demonstrated that the recombinant Fab-dHLX construct AbD19384 is a promising tracer for imaging of CD44v6 antigen expression in vivo, with the future aim to be used for individualized diagnosis and early detection of squamous cell carcinomas in the head and neck region. Furthermore, this proof-of-concept research established the feasibility of using recombinant Fab-dHLX constructs for in vivo imaging of tumor biomarkers.

  • 4.
    Haylock, Anna-Karin
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. 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.
    Nilvebrant, Johan
    Royal Inst Technol, AlbaNova Univ Ctr, Sch Biotechnol, Div Prot Technol, SE-10691 Stockholm, Sweden.
    Sandström, Karl
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    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.
    In vivo characterization of the novel CD44v6-targeting Fab fragment AbD15179 for molecular imaging of squamous cell carcinoma: a dual-isotope study2014In: EJNMMI Research, ISSN 2191-219X, E-ISSN 2191-219X, Vol. 4, article id 11Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Patients with squamous cell carcinoma in the head and neck region (HNSCC) offer a diagnostic challenge due to difficulties to detect small tumours and metastases. Imaging methods available are not sufficient, and radio-immunodiagnostics could increase specificity and sensitivity of diagnostics. The objective of this study was to evaluate, for the first time, the in vivo properties of the radiolabelled CD44v6-targeting fragment AbD15179 and to assess its utility as a targeting agent for radio-immunodiagnostics of CD44v6-expressing tumours.

    METHODS: The fully human CD44v6-targeting Fab fragment AbD15179 was labelled with 111In or 125I, as models for radionuclides suitable for imaging with SPECT or PET. Species specificity, antigen specificity and internalization properties were first assessed in vitro. In vivo specificity and biodistribution were then evaluated in tumour-bearing mice using a dual-tumour and dual-isotope setup.

    RESULTS: Both species-specific and antigen-specific binding of the conjugates were demonstrated in vitro, with no detectable internalization. The in vivo studies demonstrated specific tumour binding and favourable tumour targeting properties for both conjugates, albeit with higher tumour uptake, slower tumour dissociation, higher tumour-to-blood ratio and higher CD44v6 sensitivity for the 111In-labelled fragment. In contrast, the 125I-Fab demonstrated more favourable tumour-to-organ ratios for liver, spleen and kidneys.

    CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that AbD15179 efficiently targets CD44v6-expressing squamous cell carcinoma xenografts, and particularly, the 111In-Fab displayed high and specific tumour uptake. CD44v6 emerges as a suitable target for radio-immunodiagnostics, and a fully human antibody fragment such as AbD15179 can enable further clinical imaging studies.

  • 5.
    Mortensen, Anja C.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Spegelberg, Diana
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Haylock, Anna-Karin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Selvaraju, Ram Kumar
    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.
    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.
    In vivo characterization of a novel engineered CD44v6-targeting bivalent antibody fragment AbD19384 for molecular imaging of squamous cell carcinoma2014In: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, ISSN 1619-7070, E-ISSN 1619-7089, Vol. 41, no S2, p. S447-S447, article id P309Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 6.
    Mortensen, Anja
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Medical Radiation Science.
    Spiegelberg, Diana
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Medical Radiation Science.
    Haylock, Anna-Karin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Lundqvist, Hans
    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.
    Preclinical evaluation of a novel engineered recombinant human anti-CD44v6 antibody for potential use in radio-immunotherapy2018In: International Journal of Oncology, ISSN 1019-6439, Vol. 52, no 6, p. 1875-1885Article 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 recombinant monoclonal anti-CD44v6 antibody, AbN44v6, and assessed its potential for use in RIT using either Lu-177 or I-131 as therapeutic radionuclides. In vitro affinity and specificity assays characterized the binding of the antibody labeled with Lu-177, I-125 or I-131. The therapeutic effects of Lu-177-AbN44v6 and I-131-AbN44v6 were investigated using two in vitro 3D tumor models with different CD44v6 expression. Finally, the normal tissue biodistribution and dosimetry for Lu-177-AbN44v6 and I-125-AbN44v6/I-131-AbN44v6 were assessed in vivo using a mouse model. All AbN44v6 radioconjugates demonstrated CD44v6-specific binding in vitro. In the in vitro 3D tumor models, dose-dependent therapeutic effects were observed with both Lu-177-AbN44v6 and I-131-AbN44v6, with a greater significant therapeutic effect observed on the cells with a higher CD44v6 expression. Biodistribution experiments demonstrated a greater uptake of Lu-177-AbN44v6 in the liver, spleen and bone, compared to I-125-AbN44v6, whereas I-125-AbN44v6 demonstrated a longer circulation time. In dosimetric calculations, the critical organs for Lu-177-AbN44v6 were the liver and spleen, whereas the kidneys and red marrow were considered the critical organs for I-131-AbN44v6. The effective dose was in the order of 0.1 mSv/MBq for both labels. In conclusion, AbN44v6 bound specifically 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 Lu-177-AbN44v6 and I-131-AbN44v6 may be promising RIT candidates. Furthermore, biodistribution and dosimetric analysis supported the applicability of both conjugates for RIT. The CD44v6-specific therapeutic effects observed with radiolabeled AbN44v6 in the 3D tumor models in vitro, combined with the beneficial dosimetry in vivo, render AbN44v6 a potential candidate for RIT.

  • 7.
    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.

  • 8.
    Spiegelberg, Diana
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Haylock, Anna-Karin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    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.
    In vivo characterization of CD44v6-targeting Fab fragments for molecular imaging of squamous cell carcinoma: a dual isotope study2013In: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, ISSN 1619-7070, E-ISSN 1619-7089, Vol. 40, no Suppl. 2, p. S185-S185Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 9.
    Spiegelberg, Diana
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Mortensen, Anja C.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Haylock, Anna-Karin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Selvaraju, Ram Kumar
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Preclinical PET Platform.
    Stenerlöw, Bo
    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 Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
    Evaluation of biomarkers for imaging and radio-immunotherapy in combination with HSP90 inhibition in squamous cell carcinomas2014In: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, ISSN 1619-7070, E-ISSN 1619-7089, Vol. 41, no S2, p. S638-S638, article id P972Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Spiegelberg, Diana
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Medical Radiation Science.
    Stenberg, J.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology.
    Haylock, Anna-Karin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Nestor, Marika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Medical Radiation Science.
    A real-time in vitro assay as a potential predictor of in vivo tumour imaging properties2015In: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, ISSN 1619-7070, E-ISSN 1619-7089, Vol. 42, no S1, p. S306-S307Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 11.
    Spiegelberg, Diana
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Medical Radiation Science.
    Stenberg, Jonas
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Medical Radiation Science. Ridgeview Instruments AB, Vange, Sweden..
    Haylock, Anna-Karin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Nestor, Marika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    A real-time in vitro assay as a potential predictor of in vivo tumor imaging properties2016In: Nuclear Medicine and Biology, ISSN 0969-8051, E-ISSN 1872-9614, Vol. 43, no 1, p. 12-18Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Introduction: Selective tumor targeting strategies based on cell surface molecules enable new personalized diagnosis and treatments, potentially lowering adverse effects and increasing efficacy. Radio-immunotargeting generally relies on a molecule binding to a cancer-specific target. It is therefore important to understand the properties of molecular interactions in their working environment and how to translate these properties measured in vitro into the in vivo molecular imaging situation. Methods: Time resolved interaction analysis in vitro was compared with a corresponding in vivo xenograft mouse model. The antibody fragment AbD15179 was labeled with I-125 or In-111, and analyzed on cell lines with differing CD44v6 expression in vitro, and in a dual tumor xenograft model derived from the same cell lines. In vitro LigandTracer measurements were analyzed with TraceDrawer and Interaction Map. Conjugate sensitivity, kinetics, and signal-to-background ratios were assessed for both tumor cells in vitro and xenograft tumors in vivo. Results: In vitro results revealed a general biphasic appearance of a high- and a low-affinity interaction event. The In-111-labeled fragment displayed the largest proportion of the high-affinity interaction with increased sensitivity and retention compared to I-125-Fab. In vivo results were in agreement with in vitro data, with increased retention, higher sensitivity and better contrast for the In-111-labeled fragment compared to I-125. Conclusions: Time resolved binding characteristics measured in vitro largely matched the in vivo performance for the conjugates, which is promising for future studies. In vitro time-resolved LigandTracer assays are efficient, rapid, and in this study shown to be able to predict in vivo outcomes. Advances in Knowledge and Implications for Patient Care: Further studies are needed to confirm these findings, but the method is promising considering the ethical need to reduce the use of laboratory animals, as well as reducing costs for the development of tumor targeting compounds in the future.

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