The specific uptake of 125I-A6H antibody by xenografts of the human renal cell carcinoma (RCC) TK177G in the athymic mouse was considerably greater than that seen for other human tumor xenografts and their associated antibodies (e.g., 125I-B6.2 uptake by the human breast carcinoma, Clouser). In addition the A6H-RCC model also demonstrated both greater localization indices and absolute amount of antibody bound than did the B6.2-Clouser model.

Several physiological factors were studied to assess whether they might play a role in this greater specific uptake. Vascular volume was determined using the in situ labeling of red blood cells with 99mTc. Vascular permeability was determined by measuring the amount of 125I-labeled bovine serum albumin and 131I-labeled nonspecific IgG1 (anti-horseradish peroxidase) extravasated out of the tumor vasculature during 1 hr. Relative blood flow to the tumor was determined using the 86Rb method.

Blood flow and vascular permeability were found to be significantly greater in the RCC tumor xenografts than in Clouser tumors. Differences in vascular permeability were especially dramatic, showing the vasculature of the RCC xenograft was twice as permeable as that of the Clouser tumor. Animals bearing either RCC or Clouser xenografts were injected with a monoclonal antibody to human major histocompatibility complexes (125I-labeled anti-human histocompatibility complex A, B, C). Tumor uptake of 125I-labeled anti-human histocompatibility complex A, B, C was found to be 5 times greater in RCC than Clouser xenografts. These results, therefore, suggest that the differences seen in the physiological factors studied can account for some of the greater specific 125I-A6H uptake by the RCC tumor than 125I-B6.2 uptake by the Clouser xenograft.

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