IntraOmmaya compartmental radioimmunotherapy using 131I-omburtamab-pharmacokinetic modeling to optimize therapeutic index

Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2021 Apr;48(4):1166-1177. doi: 10.1007/s00259-020-05050-z. Epub 2020 Oct 13.


Purpose: Radioimmunotherapy (RIT) delivered through the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) has been shown to be a safe and promising treatment for leptomeningeal metastases. Pharmacokinetic models for intraOmmaya antiGD2 monoclonal antibody 131I-3F8 have been proposed to improve therapeutic effect while minimizing radiation toxicity. In this study, we now apply pharmacokinetic modeling to intraOmmaya 131I-omburtamab (8H9), an antiB7-H3 antibody which has shown promise in RIT of leptomeningeal metastases.

Methods: Serial CSF samples were collected and radioassayed from 61 patients undergoing a total of 177 intraOmmaya administrations of 131I-omburtamab for leptomeningeal malignancy. A two-compartment pharmacokinetic model with 12 differential equations was constructed and fitted to the radioactivity measurements of CSF samples collected from patients. The model was used to improve anti-tumor dose while reducing off-target toxicity. Mathematical endpoints were (a) the area under the concentration curve (AUC) of the tumor-bound antibody, AUC [CIAR(t)], (b) the AUC of the unbound "harmful" antibody, AUC [CIA(t)], and (c) the therapeutic index, AUC [CIAR(t)] ÷ AUC [CIA(t)].

Results: The model fit CSF radioactivity data well (mean R = 96.4%). The median immunoreactivity of 131I-omburtamab matched literature values at 69.1%. Off-target toxicity (AUC [CIA(t)]) was predicted to increase more quickly than AUC [CIAR(t)] as a function of 131I-omburtamab dose, but the balance of therapeutic index and AUC [CIAR(t)] remained favorable over a broad range of administered doses (0.48-1.40 mg or 881-2592 MBq). While antitumor dose and therapeutic index increased with antigen density, the optimal administered dose did not. Dose fractionization into two separate injections increased therapeutic index by 38%, and splitting into 5 injections by 82%. Increasing antibody immunoreactivity to 100% only increased therapeutic index by 17.5%.

Conclusion: The 2-compartmental pharmacokinetic model when applied to intraOmmaya 131I-omburtamab yielded both intuitive and nonintuitive therapeutic predictions. The potential advantage of further dose fractionization warrants clinical validation.

Clinical trial registration: , NCT00089245.

Keywords: 131I-omburtamab; Cerebrospinal fluid; Neuroblastoma; Pharmacokinetics; Radioimmunotherapy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Murine-Derived
  • Humans
  • Iodine Radioisotopes* / therapeutic use
  • Radioimmunotherapy*
  • Therapeutic Index


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Murine-Derived
  • Iodine Radioisotopes
  • Iodine-131

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