Macrocyclic chelates of radiometals for diagnosis and therapy.

C. F. Meares, M. K. Moi, H. Diril, D. L. Kukis, M. J. McCall, S. V. Deshapnde, S. J. DeNardo, D. Snook, A. A. Epenetos

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Monoclonal antibody technology allows the specificity of an antibody for its antigen to be used in targeting cancer cells. Stable attachment of metal ions to antibodies by means of 'bifunctional' chelating agents can add the nuclear, physical and chemical properties of the metallic elements to these target-selective proteins. The conjugation of metals--particularly radionuclides--to monoclonal antibodies results in agents for radioimmunotherapy and other medical applications. Chelators that can hold radiometals with high stability under physiological conditions are essential to avoid excessive radiation damage to non-target cells. Derivatives of polyazamacrocycles (bearing a C-substituted functional group for antibody attachment) can exhibit remarkable kinetic inertness. We have developed a new synthetic route these macrocycles via peptide synthesis and intramolecular tosylamide ring closure. Incubation of the yttrium complex of 2-p-nitrobenzyl-1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-N,N1N",N'"-te traacetic acid (nitrobenzyl-DOTA) for 18 days in serum results in loss of so little yttrium from the complex (less than 0.5%) that the rate of loss cannot be measured under these conditions. In animal models, conjugates of this chelate with monoclonal antibodies show much lower levels of yttrium in the bone than are found with DTPA chelates prepared from the cyclic anhydride. The rates of loss of indium and cobalt from nitrobenzyl-DOTA in serum are slower than from previously studied chelates. Preliminary clinical imaging studies of 111In-labeled monoclonal antibody conjugates of DOTA show highly encouraging results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-26
Number of pages6
JournalThe British journal of cancer. Supplement
StatePublished - Jul 1990

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