The murine IgG1 monoclonal antibody B72.3 reacts with human colorectal, breast, lung, pancreatic, gastric, and ovarian tumors. Human biodistribution studies using intact 131I-B72.3 have been reported by Carrasquillo et al. (J. Nucl. Med., 29: 1022–1030, 1988). We have performed similar studies on five patients using i.v. infusion of 20 mg of intact 111In-B72.3 (Cytogen Corp.). Serum clearance is similar with a t½ of 64.2 h (range, 44–80) for 111In-B72.3 and 65 h (range, 32–106) for 131I-B72.3 (J. A. Carrasquillo et al., J. Nucl. Med., 29: 1022–1030, 1988). However, organ biodistribution is markedly different. For 131I-B72.3, hepatic and splenic clearance mirrors blood pool clearance (J. A. Carrasquillo et al., J. Nucl. Med., 29: 1022–1030, 1988). For 111In-B72.3, there is rapid uptake in tumor, liver, spleen, kidney, lumbar spine, and testes by 2–6 h with no significant clearance over the next 9 days. For 111In-B72.3, quantitative analysis of liver (from biopsy specimens), spleen, kidney, and lumbar spine (from scintiphoto regions of interest after background subtraction and attenuation correction) shows the following peak organ biodistributions in percentage infused dose: liver, 32%; spleen, 3.9%; kidneys, 3.5%; and lumbar vertebral bodies (marrow sample), 2.7%. For both 111In-B72.3 and 131I-B72.3, the principal route of excretion from the body is urinary with excretion rate of 131I faster than 111In. The marked differences between 111In-B72.3 and 131I-B72.3 biodistribution and clearance strongly influence the dosimetry, immunodetection, and immunotherapeutic potentials of B72.3 MoAb.


Presented at the “Second Conference on Radioimmunodetection and Radioimmunotherapy of Cancer,” September 8–10, 1988, Princeton, NJ. Supported in part by a Merit Grant from the Veteran's Administration. Supported in part by a grant from Cytogen Corporation.

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