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Terwisscha van Scheltinga, A.G.* ; van Dam, G.M.* ; Nagengast, W.B.* ; Ntziachristos, V. ; Hollema, H.* ; Herek, J.L.* ; Schröder, C.P.* ; Kosterink, J.G.* ; Lub-de, Hoog, M.N.* ; de Vries, E.G.*

Intraoperative near-infrared fluorescence tumor imaging with vascular endothelial growth factor and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 targeting antibodies.

J. Nucl. Med. 52, 1778-1785 (2011)
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Fluorescence imaging is currently attracting much interest as a method for intraoperative tumor detection, but most current tracers lack tumor specificity. Therefore, this technique can be further improved by tumor-specific detection. With tumor-targeted antibodies bound to a radioactive label, tumor-specific SPECT or PET is feasible in the clinical setting. The aim of the present study was to apply antibody-based tumor detection to intraoperative optical imaging, using preclinical in vivo mouse models. METHODS: Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) antibody bevacizumab and anti-human epidermal growth factor receptor (HER) 2 antibody trastuzumab were labeled with the near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence dye IRDye 800CW. Tumor uptake of the fluorescent tracers and their (89)Zr-labeled radioactive counterparts for PET was determined in human xenograft-bearing athymic mice during 1 wk after tracer injection, followed by ex vivo biodistribution and pathologic examination. Intraoperative imaging of fluorescent VEGF- or HER2-positive tumor lesions was performed in subcutaneous tumors and in intraperitoneal dissemination tumor models. RESULTS: Tumor-to-background ratios, with fluorescent imaging, were 1.93 ± 0.40 for bevacizumab and 2.92 ± 0.29 for trastuzumab on day 6 after tracer injection. Real-time intraoperative imaging detected tumor lesions at even the submillimeter level in intraperitoneal dissemination tumor models. These results were supported by standard histology, immunohistochemistry, and fluorescence microscopy analyses. CONCLUSION: NIR fluorescence-labeled antibodies targeting VEGF or HER2 can be used for highly specific and sensitive detection of tumor lesions in vivo. These preclinical findings encourage future clinical studies with NIR fluorescence-labeled tumor-specific antibodies for intraoperative-guided surgery in cancer patients.
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Publication type Article: Journal article
Document type Scientific Article
Keywords molecular imaging; Monoclonal antibodies; oncology; intraoperative imaging; near-infrared fluorescence
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0161-5505
e-ISSN 1535-5667
Quellenangaben Volume: 52, Issue: 11, Pages: 1778-1785 Article Number: , Supplement: ,
Publisher Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Reviewing status Peer reviewed