Because of its high energy beta emissions and imageable gamma emissions, 188Re represents an attractive isotope to radiolabel monoclonal antibodies (mAb) recognizing human tumor-associated antigens for radioimaging and radioimmunotherapy in patients with malignant diseases. The application of 188Re is, however, hindered by the denaturation of a sizable proportion of antibody molecules during the labeling process. To overcome this problem, we have combined radiolabeling of mAb with 188Re with purification of immunoreactive 188Re-labeled mAb by affinity chromatography over columns of anti-idiotypic (anti-id) mAb. Utilizing the anti-high-molecular-weight melanoma-associated antigen (HMW-MAA) mAb 763.74 as a model system, we found that the immunoreactivity of mAb 763.74 labeled with 188Re to a specific activity of 1 mCi/mg increased from about 50% to at least 80% following passage over columns of immobilized anti-id mAb. Moreover, between 90-100% of immunoreactive mAb contained in radiolabeled preparations could be recovered from anti-id mAb columns. These results indicate that the procedure we have described may facilitate the application of 188Re for immunoscintigraphy and immunotherapy of malignant diseases.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 1997|
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