In vivo evaluation of 188Re-labeled alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone peptide analogs for melanoma therapy

Int J Cancer. 2002 Oct 10;101(5):480-7. doi: 10.1002/ijc.10640.


The purpose of our study was to optimize melanoma tumor uptake of 188Re-CCMSH and reduce its nonspecific kidney retention. Nephrotoxicity is often a serious problem associated with targeted radiotherapy, therefore, increasing the tumor/kidney uptake ratio of 188Re-CCMSH is crucial for optimizing its therapeutic efficacy. Structural modification of the peptide and amino acid co-infusion were investigated as strategies to improve the tumor/kidney uptake ratio of 188Re-CCMSH. The substitution of Lys11 with Arg11 was examined to determine if removal of lysine from the peptide would improve kidney clearance without sacrificing tumor uptake. The pharmacokinetics of 188Re-CCMSH and 188Re-(Arg(11))CCMSH were determined in B16/F1 murine melanoma-bearing C57 mice. Tumor uptake values of (188)Re-CCMSH and 188Re-(Arg(11))CCMSH were 15.03 +/- 5.20% ID/g and 20.44 +/- 1.91% ID/g at 1 hr postinjection and 1.94 +/- 0.47% ID/g and 3.50 +/- 2.32% ID/g at 24 hr postinjection. Renal retention of 188Re-(Arg(11))CCMSH was 11.79 +/- 1.29 ID/g and 3.67 +/- 0.51 ID/g at 1 hr and 4 hr postinjection, which was a greater than 50% reduction compared to 188Re-CCMSH. The Arg for Lys substitution in 188Re-(Arg(11))CCMSH resulted in improved tumor uptake and reduced kidney retention. Renal retention of both 188Re-CCMSH and 188Re-(Arg(11))CCMSH were significantly reduced by co-injection of 20 mg of L-lysine, L-arginine and a combination of L-lysine:L-arginine. Tumor/kidney uptake values for 188Re-CCMSH and 188Re-(Arg(11))CCMSH were maximally reduced by 52.9% and 46.3%, respectively. However, even with amino acid co-injection, the tumor/kidney ratio of 188Re-CCMSH was lower than that of 188Re-(Arg(11))CCMSH. Improved tumor uptake and reduced kidney retention of 188Re-(Arg(11))CCMSH will facilitate targeted irradiation of melanoma tumors while minimizing the dose to the kidneys.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Biological Transport
  • Humans
  • Kidney / metabolism
  • Melanoma / radiotherapy*
  • Oligopeptides / chemistry
  • Oligopeptides / pharmacokinetics
  • Oligopeptides / therapeutic use
  • Radiopharmaceuticals / pharmacokinetics
  • Radiopharmaceuticals / therapeutic use*
  • Rhenium / pharmacokinetics*
  • Rhenium / therapeutic use
  • Structure-Activity Relationship
  • Tissue Distribution
  • alpha-MSH / analogs & derivatives*
  • alpha-MSH / pharmacokinetics*
  • alpha-MSH / therapeutic use


  • Oligopeptides
  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • alpha-MSH
  • Rhenium