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Extracorporeal whole-blood immunoadsorption enhances radioimmunotargeting of iodine-125-labeled BR96-biotin monoclonal antibody

  • Martin Garkavij
  • Jan Tennvall
  • Sven-Erik Strand
  • Hans Olov Sjögren
  • Chen JianQing
  • Rune Nilsson
  • Martin Isaksson
Publishing year: 1997
Language: English
Pages: 895-901
Publication/Series: Journal of Nuclear Medicine
Volume: 38
Issue: 6
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Society of Nuclear Medicine

Abstract english

This study investigates the efficacy of tumor radioimmunotargeting with 125I-labeled BR96-biotin monoclonal antibody using a new method, whole-blood immunoadsorption (WBIA), based on direct adsorption of unbound monoclonal antibody (MAb) from blood without preceding separation of plasma. METHODS: Highly tumor-reactive, internalizing, chimeric BR96 MAb of isotype IgG1 binds to a tumor-associated Lewis-type (Le(Y)) cell surface antigen. Forty-six Brown Norwegian male rats were inoculated intramuscularly and beneath the liver or kidney capsule with syngeneic rat colon carcinoma BN7005, expressing Lewis-type antigen, and investigated. The rats were injected intravenously with 3.5-4.5 MBq 125I-labeled BR96-biotin. Twenty of the rats underwent WBIA starting 5 or 12 hr after injection. About six blood volumes were passed through an avidin-gel adsorption column during 2 hr. RESULTS: By using WBIA, whole-body radioactivity was reduced by 50%, and plasma activity by 85%. Both directly after completion of WBIA and 33 hr later, the activity uptake in tumors manifested only a nonsignificant decrease as compared with corresponding controls (p > 0.05) and had approximately similar time-activity curves. Uptake ratios for tumor (T):bone marrow, T:liver, T:kidney and T:lung were enhanced 2.3- to 3.5-fold in all three tumor models, as compared with controls. The ratio of liver tumor to bone marrow was improved from 10:1 to 30:1. CONCLUSION: This new method of WBIA yields significantly improved radioimmunotargeting of highly tumor-reactive, internalizing MAb BR96.


  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging
  • tumor
  • rat
  • radioimmunotargeting
  • MAb BR96
  • immunoadsorption


  • ISSN: 0161-5505
Sven-Erik Strand
E-mail: sven-erik [dot] strand [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Project manager

Systemic Radiation Therapy Group


Professor emeritus

Medical Radiation Physics, Lund