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Current Radiopharmaceuticals


ISSN (Print): 1874-4710
ISSN (Online): 1874-4729

Research Article

Formulation and In-vivo Characterization of 177Lu-tin-colloid as a Radiosynovectomy Agent

Author(s): Guldem Mercanoglu*, Goksel Alcın, Yusuf Ozturkmen and Tevfik Cermik

Volume 17, Issue 1, 2024

Published on: 03 November, 2023

Page: [68 - 76] Pages: 9

DOI: 10.2174/0118744710252994231024064842

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Introduction: Arthritis is an inflammatory disorder that affects one or more joints of the body for various reasons, including autoimmune disorders, trauma, or infection. In many cases, traditional long-term treatment with various drug combinations (NSAIDs, diseasemodifying antirheumatic drugs, systemic corticosteroids, etc.) can provide relief, but many joints require additional local treatment. Radiosynovectomy (RSV) is an alternative method to current treatment options. Both the global supply shortage of 90Y in recent years and the increasing use of 177Lu-labeled radiopharmaceuticals in the field of nuclear medicine have made it possible to develop 177Lu-labeled microparticles and test them in small groups as RSV agents. This study aimed to develop the 177Lu labeled tin colloid formulation and demonstrate its invivo characterization.

Materials and Methods: Particle size, shape, and labelling efficiency of the four formulations developed were determined. The formula with the highest labelling efficiency was selected for further studies. The quality of the formulation was evaluated based on radionuclidic, radiochemical, and microbial purity. In-vitro stability was evaluated by determining the labelling efficiency. In-vitro stability was tested in PBS and synovial fluid. The biological characterization was assessed using SPECT/CT after injecting the formulation into the normal knee joints of the rabbits.

Results: Aggregated colloidal particles were spherical with a particle size of <5 μm. Labelling efficiency and radiochemical purity were >95 and 97.65% (Rf=0.2), respectively. The formulation was stable in vitro for up to 72 hours, both in PBS and synovial fluid. The formulation was homogeneously distributed in the joint at 0 and 1 hour after injection, and radioactivity- related involvement and inguinal lymph node involvement due to possible leakage were not detected in the late period. No pyrogenic/allergic side effects were observed during this period.

Conclusion: 177Lu-tin-colloid was successfully prepared under optimized reaction conditions with high binding efficiency and radiochemical purity. The radiolabeled colloid was found to be stable in-vitro both in PBS and synovial fluid at room temperature. Serial PCET/CT images revealed that the activity was completely retained within the synovial cavity, with no activity leakage out of the joint until 48 hours after the injection. With the support of the results from further clinical studies, it may be possible for the formulation to enter clinical use.

Keywords: Radiosynovectomy, 177Lu-tin colloid, synovectomy, 177Lu-lutetium, arthritis, antirheumatic drugs.

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