Optimizing fluorescently-tethered Hsp90 inhibitor dose for maximal specific uptake by breast tumors

Conference Paper

Despite improvements in surgical resection, 20-40% of patients undergoing breast conserving surgery require at least one additional re-excision. Leveraging the unique surface expression of heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90), a chaperone protein involved in several key hallmarks of cancer, in breast cancer provides an exciting opportunity to identify residual disease during surgery. We developed a completely non-destructive strategy using HS-27, a fluorescently-tethered Hsp90 inhibitor, to assay surface Hsp90 expression on intact tissue specimens using a fluorescence microendoscope with a field of view of 750 μm and subcellular resolution of 4 μm. HS-27 consists of an FDA approved Hsp90 inhibitor tethered to fluorescein isothiocyanate (EX 488nm, EM 525nm). Here, we optimized ex vivo HS-27 administration in pre-clinical breast cancer models and validated our approach on 21 patients undergoing standard of care ultrasound guided core needle biopsy. HS-27 administration time was fixed at 1- minute to minimize imaging impact on clinical workflow. HS-27 and HS-217 (non-specific control) doses were modulated from 1 μM up to 100 μM to identify the dose maximizing the ratio of specific uptake (HS-27 fluorescence) to non-specific uptake (HS-217 fluorescence). The specificity ratio was maximized at 100 μM and was significantly greater than all other doses (p<0.05). We applied our optimized imaging protocol to clinical samples and demonstrated significantly greater uptake of HS-27 by tumor than non-tumor tissue (p<0.05). The ubiquitous nature of HS-27 binding to all subtypes of breast cancer makes this technology attractive for assessing tumor margins, as one agent can be used for all subtypes.

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Cited Authors

  • Crouch, BT; Duer, J; Wang, R; Gallagher, J; Hall, A; Soo, MS; Hughes, P; Haystead, TAJ; Ramanujam, N

Published Date

  • January 1, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10478 /

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1605-7422

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781510614413

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1117/12.2285210

Citation Source

  • Scopus