Localization of I-131-labeled goat and primate anti-carcinoembryonic antigen(CEA) antibodies in patients with cancer.
Thirty patients with anti-carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA)-producing cancers of the colon, breast, or thyroid were injected with 1 to 2 mCi of Iodine-131 (131I)-labeled, affinity-purified, goat or baboon anti-CEA antibodies. Images were obtained daily for four days. Computerized background subtraction using technetium 99m (99mTC)-labeled compounds was used. Images obtained with and without background subtraction were correlated with other evidence of disease. Activity levels in plasma, urine, and thyroid gland were monitored. Significant deiodination of antibody occurred within the first 24 hours. The mean plasma half-disappearance-time of baboon antibody was significantly longer than the mean half-disappearance-time of goat antibody. With exogenous blockade, total thyroid uptake was less than 0.1% of the injected dose. Without background subtraction, scintigraphic localization of known tumor was possible in one of two patients with colon carcinoma, in three of 20 patients with breast cancer, and in one of five patients with medullary carcinoma of the thyroid. With background subtraction, potential false-positive results could be generated for every patients, depending on the normalization site chosen and the degree of subtraction used. In contrast to results of previous reports, CEA-producing tumor was found to be infrequently localized using highly purified goat or primate radiolabeled anti-CEA. Furthermore, the subtraction technique described by previous investigators may lead to a high false-positive rate.
Sullivan, DC; Silva, JS; Cox, CE; Haagensen, DE; Harris, CC; Briner, WH; Wells, SA
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