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Near infrared photoimmunotherapy with an anti-mesothelin antibody

Tadanobu Nagaya, Yuko Nakamura, Kazuhide Sato, Yi-Fan Zhang, Min Ni, Peter L. Choyke, Mitchell Ho and Hisataka Kobayashi _

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:23361-23369. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.8025

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Tadanobu Nagaya1, Yuko Nakamura1, Kazuhide Sato1, Yi-Fan Zhang2, Min Ni2, Peter L. Choyke1, Mitchell Ho2, Hisataka Kobayashi1

1Molecular Imaging Program, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, 20892, USA

2Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, 20892, USA

Correspondence to:

Hisataka Kobayashi, e-mail: [email protected]

Keywords: near infrared photoimmunotherapy, mesothelin, hYP218, humanized monoclonal antibodies, molecular imaging

Received: February 05, 2016     Accepted: February 28, 2016     Published: March 10, 2016


Near Infrared-Photoimmunotherapy (NIR-PIT) is a new, highly selective tumor treatment that employs an antibody-photon absorber conjugate (APC). When the APC attaches to its target cell and is exposed to NIR light, highly selective cell killing is observed. NIR-PIT has been demonstrated with a limited number of antibodies. Mesothelin is overexpressed in several malignancies and is emerging as a therapeutic target. A recently humanized antibody (hYP218) has been generated against mesothelin that demonstrates high affinity binding. Here, we describe the efficacy of NIR-PIT, using hYP218 as the antibody within the APC to target a mesothelin expressing A431/H9 cell. The hYP218 antibody was conjugated to a photo-absorber, IR700 and incubated with the cells. The hYP218-IR700 showed specific binding to cells and cell-specific killing was observed in vitro. After implanting A431/H9 cells in an athymic nude mouse, tumor-bearing mice were treated with the following regimen of NIR-PIT; 100 μg of hYP218-IR700 i.v., NIR light was administered at 50 J/cm2 on day 1 after injection and 100 J/cm2 of light on day 2 after injection. The hYP218-IR700 showed high tumor accumulation and a high tumor-background ratio (TBR). Tumor growth was significantly inhibited by NIR-PIT treatment compared with the other control groups (p < 0.001), and significantly prolonged survival (p < 0.0001 vs other groups). Thus, the new anti-mesothelin antibody, hYP218, is suitable as an antibody-drug conjugate for NIR-PIT. Furthermore, NIR-PIT with hYP218-IR700 is a promising candidate for the treatment of mesothelin-expressing tumors that could be readily translated to humans.

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