Preclinical imaging of kallikrein-related peptidase 2 (hK2) in prostate cancer with a In-111-radiolabelled monoclonal antibody, 11B6

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Background: Prostate cancer is a leading cause of death in the male population of the western world. Human kallikrein-related peptidase 2 (hK2) is abundantly expressed in malignant prostatic tissue, and its gene, KLK2, is regulated by the androgen receptor. 11B6 is a murine IgG(1) monoclonal antibody directed against free human hK2. In this study, we performed a preclinical evaluation of In-111-labelled 11B6 in mouse xenografts to investigate its potential in the clinical staging and assessment of metastatic prostate cancer. Methods: 11B6 was radiolabelled with In-111 through CHX-A"-DTPA chelation. In vivo biodistribution and uptake of In-111-DTPA-11B6 were measured until 168 h post-injection in NMRI nude mice bearing subcutaneous LNCaP xenografts. The binding specificity to hK2 was evaluated by both in vivo competitive binding assays with excess non-labelled 11B6 and hK2-negative DU145 xenografts. SPECT/CT imaging of subcutaneous and intra-tibial LNCaP xenografts was used to visualize the tumours. Results: Tumour uptake of In-111-DTPA-11B6 in LNCaP xenografts was 19% +/- 0.78% IA/g at 48 h, giving a tumour-to-blood ratio of 1.6, which increases to 2.4 at 1 week post-injection. Accumulation was low in other organs except for the salivary glands, which is probably the result of cross-reactivity with mouse kallikreins. Significantly lower tumour accumulation was observed in competitive assays and DU145 xenografts. SPECT/CT imaging could clearly visualize the subcutaneous and intra-tibial LNCaP xenografts. Conclusions: Our study demonstrates the potential of In-111-DTPA-11B6 for the detection of metastatic prostate cancer and monitoring anti-androgen therapy, as it exhibits an increased uptake and accumulation in viable tumour when compared to normal tissue. A humanised version of the 11B6 monoclonal antibody is currently under evaluation.


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  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging


  • Prostate cancer, Human kallikrein-related peptidase 2, Human kallikrein, gene family, In-111-DTPA-11B6, Molecular imaging
Original languageEnglish
Article number51
JournalEJNMMI Research
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch