Efforts to control the errant products of a targeted in vivo generator

Jaspreet Singh Jaggi, Barry J. Kappel, Michael R. McDevitt, George Sgouros, Carlos D. Flombaum, Catalina Cabassa, David A. Scheinberg

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Alpha-particle immunotherapy by targeted α-emitters or α-emitting isotope generators is a novel form of extraordinarily potent cancer therapy. A major impediment to the clinical use of targeted actinium-225 ( 225Ac) in vivo generators may be the radiotoxicity of the systemically released daughter radio-nuclides. The daughters, especially bismuth-213 ( 213Bi), tend to accumulate in the kidneys. We tested the efficacy of various pharmacologic agents and the effect of tumor burden in altering the pharmacokinetics of the 225Ac daughters to modify their renal uptake. Pharmacologic treatments in animals were started before i.v. administration of the HuM195- 225 Ac generator. 223Ac, francium-221 ( 221Fr), and 213Bi biodistributions were calculated in each animal at different time points after 225Ac generator injection. Oral metal chelation with 2,3-dimercapto-1-propanesulfonic acid (DMPS) or meso-2,3-dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) caused a significant reduction (P < 0.0001) in the renal 213Bi uptake; however, DMPS was more effective than DMSA (P < 0.001). The results with DMPS were also confirmed in a monkey model. The renal 213Bi and 221Fr activities were significantly reduced by furosemide and chlorothiazide treatment (P < 0.0001). The effect on renal 213Bi activity was further enhanced by the combination of DMPS with either chlorothiazide or furosemide (P < 0.0001). Competitive antagonism by bismuth sub-nitrate moderately reduced the renal uptake of 213Bi. The presence of a higher target-tumor burden significantly prevented the renal 213Bi accumulation (P = 0.003), which was further reduced by DMPS treatment (P < 0.0001). Metal chelation, diuresis with furosemide or chlorothiazide, and competitive metal blockade may be used as adjuvant therapies to modify the renal accumulation of 225Ac daughters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4888-4895
Number of pages8
JournalCancer Research
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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