Immunoscintigraphy of Hodgkin's disease: in vivo use of radiolabelled monoclonal antibodies derived from Hodgkin cell lines

Eur J Cancer. 1990 Apr;26(4):474-9. doi: 10.1016/0277-5379(90)90019-p.


The Hodgkin associated monoclonal antibody (Mab) HRS-1 reacts with Hodgkin and Reed-Sternberg cells (HR-S) in all HD subtypes. HRS-1 Mab was labelled with radioiodine and injected into 10 patients for immunoscintigraphy (IS). Seven patients were injected with HRS-1 Mab radiolabelled with 131I and three patients were injected with HRS-1 Mab labelled with 123I. A control anti-alpha-fetoprotein (anti-AFP) Mab was radiolabelled with another iodine isotope and was injected simultaneously in five cases. Six out of eight patients with proven HD had a true positive scan (nodal, splenic and bony involvement). Imaging was equivocal or failed in the two other patients. In the last two patients IS imaging was truly negative due to the absence of residual HD in one patient and to an erroneous histological diagnosis of HD in another patient. These results, although preliminary, demonstrate that IS with radioiodine-labelled HRS-1 Mab is feasible and may prove to be informative in the staging of HD.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal* / biosynthesis
  • Cell Line
  • Hodgkin Disease / diagnostic imaging*
  • Hodgkin Disease / immunology
  • Hodgkin Disease / pathology
  • Humans
  • Iodine Radioisotopes
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Mice, Nude
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • alpha-Fetoproteins / immunology


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Iodine Radioisotopes
  • alpha-Fetoproteins