Title: The in vivo fate of 225Ac daughter nuclides using polymersomes as a model carrier
Authors: DE KRUIJFF R. M.RAAVE RKIP ANNEMARIEMOLKENBOER- KUENEN JANNIKEMORGENSTERN ALFREDBRUCHERTSEIFER FRANKHESKAMP SANDRADENKOVA A.G.
Citation: SCIENTIFIC REPORTS vol. 9 p. 11671
Publisher: NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP
Publication Year: 2019
JRC N°: JRC116650
ISSN: 2045-2322 (online)
URI: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-48298-8
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC116650
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-48298-8
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Increasing attention is given to personalized tumour therapy, where alpha-emitters can potentially play an important role. Alpha particles are ideal for localized cell killing because of their high linear energy transfer and short ranges. However, upon the emission of an alpha particle the daughter nuclide experiences a recoil energy large enough to ensure decoupling from any chemical bond. These ‘free’ daughter nuclides are no longer targeted to the tumour and can accumulate in normal tissue. In this paper, we used polymersomes as model carrier to evaluate the retention of recoiling daughters of 225Ac in vivo, and assessed their suitability as therapeutic agents. Vesicles containing 225Ac were injected intravenously in healthy mice, and intratumourally in tumour-bearing mice, and the relocation of free 213Bi was assessed in different organs upon the injection [225Ac]Ac-polymersomes. The therapeutic effect of 225Ac-containing vesicles was studied upon intratumoural injection, where treatment groups experienced no tumour-related deaths over a 115 day period. While polymersomes containing 225Ac could be suitable agents for long-term irradiation of tumours without causing significant renal toxicity, there is still a significant re-distribution of daughter nuclides throughout the body, signifying the importance of careful evaluation of the effect of daughter nuclides in targeted alpha therapy.
JRC Directorate:Nuclear Safety and Security

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