Radiation dosimetry of 131I-chlorotoxin for targeted radiotherapy in glioma-bearing mice

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  • Chlorotoxin, or TM-601, is a peptide derived from the venom of the scorpion Leiurus Quinquestriatus that specifically binds to malignant brain tumors, but not to normal tissues. Targeted radiotherapy using 131I-Chlorotoxin is promising for post-surgery treatment of brain tumors. This study reports dosimetry results of 131I-Chlorotoxin in athymic nude mice with intracranially implanted human glioma xenografts and projected radiation doses in patients receiving 370 MBq of 131I-Chlorotoxin. 125I/131I-Chlorotoxin were injected into the right brain where D54 MG xenografts were implanted. Mice were sacrificed 24-96 h later. The blood, normal organs, and tumors were weighed and counted to determine 131I-Chlorotoxin concentration. The radiation dose from 131I was calculated based on non-penetrating radiation in the mouse model. Assuming similar tissue uptake in mice and patients, radiation doses for patients were extrapolated. Distributions of 125I/ 131I-Chlorotoxin were only significant in tumor, stomach, kidneys, and brain (injection site), reflecting non-specific uptake of Chlorotoxin in normal tissues. Mean radiation dose (cGy/37 kBq) was 58.2 for tumor, 17.9 for brains, 1.8 for marrow, 27.1 for stomach, 16.0 for kidneys in mice. For intracranial injection of 370 MBq 131I-Chlorotoxin in patients, extrapolated patient dose (cGy) was 70 for brains, 6 for marrow, 35 for stomach, 60 to kidneys, 227 to tumor, suggesting that 3.7 GBq of 131I-Chlorotoxin can be safely administrated to patients. These promising results demonstrated potential in improving patient survival using this novel targeting agent. © Springer 2005.
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  • Shen S; Khazaeli MB; Gillespie GY; Alvarez VL
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  • 113
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  • 119
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  • 71
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  • 2