Internalization of secreted antigen-targeted antibodies by the neonatal Fc receptor for precision imaging of the androgen receptor axis

Sci Transl Med. 2016 Nov 30;8(367):367ra167. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aaf2335.


Targeting the androgen receptor (AR) pathway prolongs survival in patients with prostate cancer, but resistance rapidly develops. Understanding this resistance is confounded by a lack of noninvasive means to assess AR activity in vivo. We report intracellular accumulation of a secreted antigen-targeted antibody (SATA) that can be used to characterize disease, guide therapy, and monitor response. AR-regulated human kallikrein-related peptidase 2 (free hK2) is a prostate tissue-specific antigen produced in prostate cancer and androgen-stimulated breast cancer cells. Fluorescent and radio conjugates of 11B6, an antibody targeting free hK2, are internalized and noninvasively report AR pathway activity in metastatic and genetically engineered models of cancer development and treatment. Uptake is mediated by a mechanism involving the neonatal Fc receptor. Humanized 11B6, which has undergone toxicological tests in nonhuman primates, has the potential to improve patient management in these cancers. Furthermore, cell-specific SATA uptake may have a broader use for molecularly guided diagnosis and therapy in other cancers.

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / diagnostic imaging
  • Animals
  • Antibodies / chemistry*
  • Bone Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Bone Neoplasms / secondary
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Histocompatibility Antigens Class I / chemistry*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Neoplasm Metastasis
  • Phenotype
  • Positron-Emission Tomography
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / pathology
  • Receptors, Androgen / chemistry*
  • Receptors, Fc / chemistry*
  • Tissue Kallikreins / chemistry*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Treatment Outcome


  • AR protein, human
  • Antibodies
  • Histocompatibility Antigens Class I
  • Receptors, Androgen
  • Receptors, Fc
  • Tissue Kallikreins
  • Fc receptor, neonatal