Author(s): Deutscher SL, Figueroa SD, Kumar SR
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Abstract Aberrant expression of ErbB-2, a member of the epidermal growth factor family of receptors, has been implicated in the formation of various malignancies including ovarian cancer. The objective of this study was to determine if the bacteriophage (phage) display-selected ErbB-2 targeting peptide, KCCYSL, once radiolabeled with (111)In would serve as a tumor targeting and Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT/CT) imaging agent in a mouse model of human ovarian carcinoma expressing ErbB-2. The KCCYSL peptide was synthesized with a chelator 1,4,7,10-tetra-azacyclododecane-N,N',N",N"'-tetraacetic acid (DOTA), and a Gly-Ser-Gly (GSG) spacer between DOTA and amino terminus of the peptide and radiolabeled with (111)InC1(3). In vitro cell binding studies indicated that (111)In-DOTA-GSG-KCCYSL bound to cultured ovcar-3 carcinoma cells. Biodistribution studies in scid mice bearing human ovcar-3 tumor xenografts revealed a tumor uptake of 0.50 ± 0.05 percent injected dose per gram (\%ID/g) at 1 h, and 0.39 ± 0.1 \%ID/g at 2 h. Blocking studies with non-radiolabeled counterpart indicated a partial inhibition (41\%) (P = 0.04) in tumor uptake of (111)In-DOTA-GSG-KCCYSL. In vivo tumor uptake of (111)In-DOTA-GSG-KCCYSL was clearly evident through SPECT/CT images after 2 h post injection. These studies suggest the potential of this peptide as a radiopharmaceutical for imaging of ErbB-2-expressing ovarian tumors.
This article was published in J Labelled Comp Radiopharm
and referenced in Journal of Molecular Biomarkers & Diagnosis