Gamma camera dual imaging with a somatostatin receptor and thymidine kinase after gene transfer with a bicistronic adenovirus in mice.

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  • PURPOSE: To compare two systems for assessing gene transfer to cancer cells and xenograft tumors with noninvasive gamma camera imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A replication-incompetent adenovirus encoding the human type 2 somatostatin receptor (hSSTr2) and the herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase (TK) enzyme (Ad-hSSTr2-TK) was constructed. A-427 human lung cancer cells were infected in vitro and mixed with uninfected cells at different ratios. A-427 tumors in nude mice (n = 23) were injected with 1 x 10(6) to 5 x 10(8) plaque-forming units (pfu) of Ad-hSSTr2-TK. The expressed hSSTr2 and TK proteins were imaged owing to internally bound, or trapped, technetium 99m ((99m)Tc)-labeled hSSTr2-binding peptide (P2045) and radioiodinated 2'-deoxy-2'-fluoro-beta-D-arabinofuranosyl-5-iodouracil (FIAU), respectively. Iodine 125 ((125)I)-labeled FIAU was used in vitro and iodine 131 ((131)I)-labeled FIAU, in vivo. The (99m)Tc-labeled P2045 and (125)I- or (131)I-labeled FIAU were imaged simultaneously with different window settings with an Anger gamma camera. Treatment effects were tested with analysis of variance. RESULTS: Infected cells in culture trapped (125)I-labeled FIAU and (99m)Tc-labeled P2045; uptake correlated with the percentage of Ad-hSSTr2-TK-positive cells. For 100% of infected cells, 24% +/- 0.4 (mean +/- SD) of the added (99m)Tc-labeled P2045 was trapped, which is significantly lower (P <.05) than the 40% +/- 2 of (125)I-labeled FIAU that was trapped. For the highest Ad-hSSTr2-TK tumor dose (5 x 10(8) pfu), the uptake of (99m)Tc-labeled P2045 was 11.1% +/- 2.9 of injected dose per gram of tumor (thereafter, dose per gram), significantly higher (P <.05) than the uptake of (131)I-labeled FIAU at 1.6% +/- 0.4 dose per gram. (99m)Tc-labeled P2045 imaging consistently depicted hSSTr2 gene transfer in tumors at all adenovirus doses. Tumor uptake of (99m)Tc-labeled P2045 positively correlated with Ad-hSSTr2-TK dose; (131)I-labeled FIAU tumor uptake did not correlate with vector dose. CONCLUSION: The hSSTr2 and TK proteins were simultaneously imaged following dual gene transfer with an adenovirus vector.
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  • Radiology  Journal
  • Keywords

  • Adenoviridae, Analysis of Variance, Animals, Arabinofuranosyluracil, Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung, Cell Line, Gamma Cameras, Gene Expression, Genetic Therapy, Genetic Vectors, Herpesviridae, Iodine Radioisotopes, Least-Squares Analysis, Lung Neoplasms, Mice, Mice, Nude, Radiopharmaceuticals, Receptors, Somatostatin, Technetium, Thymidine Kinase, Transfection, Tumor Cells, Cultured
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 10658861
  • Author List

  • Zinn KR; Chaudhuri TR; Krasnykh VN; Buchsbaum DJ; Belousova N; Grizzle WE; Curiel DT; Rogers BE
  • Start Page

  • 417
  • End Page

  • 425
  • Volume

  • 223
  • Issue

  • 2