Development of Affibody molecules for radionuclide molecular imaging and therapy of cancer
Sammanfattning: Affibody molecules are a promising class of scaffold-based targeting proteins for radionuclide-based imaging and therapy of cancer. This thesis work is based on 5 original research articles (papers I-V), which focus on optimization of molecular design of HER2-binding Affibody variants for high contrast imaging of this predictive biomarker as well as development of Affibody molecules suitable for radionuclide-based targeted therapies. Papers I and II were dedicated to evaluation of the influence of the macrocyclic chelator DOTA positioning at N-terminus, in the middle of helix-3 and at C terminus of a synthetic Affibody molecule, ZHER2:S1. These synthetic variants were labelled with different radionuclides i.e. 111In and 68Ga to study also the effect of different labels on their biodistribution properties.In paper III a 2-helix variant, Z342min, was developed using native ligation cyclization to cross-link helices one and two resulting in a stable 2-helix scaffold and characterized in vivo. This study was performed with the aim to obtain structure-properties relationship for development of smaller Affibody molecules. Papers IV and V were devoted to development of therapeutic strategies. In paper IV, a series of peptide based chelators was investigated for labelling of Affibody molecules with 188Re to provide low renal retention. In paper V, a pretargeting approach using peptide nucleic acid was investigated. These studies were performed with the aim to overcome the high renal retention of Affibody molecules when labelled with residualizing therapeutic radionuclides. Otherwise, the particle emitting radiometals could damage the kidneys more than the tumours.The results obtained for anti-HER2 Affibody molecules summarized in this thesis might be of importance for the development of other scaffold protein based targeting agents.
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