Phase I Trial of 131I-GMIB-Anti-HER2-VHH1, a New Promising Candidate for HER2-Targeted Radionuclide Therapy in Breast Cancer Patients

Matthias D'Huyvetter, Jens De Vos, Vicky Caveliers, Ilse Vaneycken, Johannes Heemskerk, Francois P. Duhoux, Christel Fontaine, Marian Vanhoeij, Albert D. Windhorst, Frank van der Aa, N. Harry Hendrikse, Jos L. E. Eersels, Hendrik Everaert, Pieterjan Gykiere, Nick Devoogdt, Geert Raes, Tony Lahoutte, Marleen Keyaerts

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131I-GMIB-anti-human epidermal growth factor receptor type 2 (HER2)-VHH1 is a targeted radionuclide theranostic agent directed at HER2-expressing cancers. VHH1 is a single-domain antibody covalently linked to therapeutic 131I via the linker N-succinimidyl 4-guanidino-methyl-3-iodobenzoate (SGMIB). The phase I study was aimed at evaluating the safety, biodistribution, radiation dosimetry, and tumor-imaging potential of 131I-GMIB-anti-HER2-VHH1 in healthy volunteers and breast cancer patients. Methods: In a first cohort, 6 healthy volunteers were included. The biodistribution of 131I-GMIB-anti-HER2-VHH1 was assessed using whole-body (anterior and posterior) planar images obtained at 40 min and at 2, 4, 24, and 72 h after intravenously administered (38 ± 9 MBq) 131I-GMIB-anti-HER2-VHH1. Imaging data were analyzed using OLINDA/EXM software to determine the dosimetry. Blood and urine samples were obtained over 72 h. In the second cohort, 3 patients with metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer were included. Planar whole-body imaging was performed at 2 and 24 h after injection. Additional SPECT/CT images were obtained after the whole-body images at 2 and 24 h if there was relevant uptake in known cancer lesions. Results: No drug-related adverse events were observed throughout the study. The biologic half-life of 131I-GMIB-anti-HER2-VHH1 in healthy subjects was about 8 h. After intravenous administration, the compound was eliminated from the blood with a 2.5-h half-life. The drug was eliminated primarily via the kidneys. The drug was stable in circulation, and there was no increased accumulation in the thyroid or stomach. The absorbed dose to the kidneys was 1.54 ± 0.25 mGy/MBq, and to bone marrow it was 0.03 ± 0.01 mGy/MBq. SPECT/CT imaging in patients with advanced breast cancer showed focal uptake of 131I-GMIB-anti-HER2-VHH1 in metastatic lesions. Conclusion: Because of its favorable toxicity profile and its uptake in HER2-positive lesions, this radiopharmaceutical can offer new therapeutic options to patients who have progressed on trastuzumab, pertuzumab, or trastuzmab emtansine, given its difference in mode-of-action. A dose escalation is planned in a subsequent phase I/II study to assess the therapeutic window of this compound (NCT04467515).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1097-1105
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of nuclear medicine : official publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2021

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