Prostate-specific membrane antigen-targeted theranostics: past, present, and future approaches.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Although prostate cancer is the type of cancer most commonly survived by men in the United States, it remains the second most common cause of death from cancer, largely owing to metastatic disease. Patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) whose disease has progressed on standard-of-care therapies have few options and a poor prognosis. Prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) is a type II integral membrane protein that is commonly expressed in prostate cancer. Expression is limited on extra-prostatic tissues other than the salivary glands, lacrimal glands, duodenal epithelium, Kupffer cells, and renal tubules. PSMA-directed theranostics has emerged to exploit the specificity of PSMA for prostate cancer cells and has demonstrated promising results in the clinic. Radionuclides linked to PSMA inhibitors/binders have resulted in US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of 2 radiodiagnostics for PSMA-directed positron emission tomography/computed tomography. In addition, these radionuclides have led to the development of lutetium Lu 177PSMA-617 therapy, which is currently under priority FDA review. Multiple novel PSMA-targeted modalities have been developed and are currently under clinical investigation, including ligand-drug and cellular immune therapies. In this review, we discuss the development of PSMA-directed theranostics, along with its clinical implications, limitations, and future directions.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hawkey, NM; Sartor, AO; Morris, MJ; Armstrong, AJ

Published Date

  • April 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 227 - 238

PubMed ID

  • 35389387

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC9423035

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1543-0790


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States