Purpose: This study was undertaken to evaluate the tumor targeting, toxicity, and therapeutic potential of the anti-B-cell-reactive monoclonal antibody MB-1 (anti-CD37) labeled with iodine 131 given in a nonmarrow ablative dose range in B-cell lymphoma patients who relapsed after chemotherapy. Patients and Methods: Twelve patients with MB-1-reactive tumors were infused first with 40 mg of trace-labeled (3 to 7 mCi) MB-1. Ten patients who had no serious toxicity postinfusion and who had successful tumor imaging on serial gamma scans then received at least one 40-mg radioimmunotherapy (RIT) dose (25 to 161 mCi). Tracer estimates of delivered whole-body dose (WBD) were used in prescribing a millicurie RIT dose for seven patients. Results: Eleven patients had positive tumor imaging after a tracer dose, including patients with bulky tumors and/or large tumor burdens (≥ 1 kg) ± splenomegaly. However, overall sensitivity for the detection of known tumor sites was only 39%. In six of eight patients with dose- assessable tumors, the radiation dose to at least one tumor was 1.1 to 3.1 times higher than to any normal organ, excluding the spleen for a 40-mg tracer dose. Tracer-dose toxicities included reversible glossal edema in one patient, grade 3 hepatic transaminasemia in another, and early drops in both circulating B and T cells (with decreases in B cells more pronounced) in nearly all patients. RIT toxicity was primarily myelosuppression (especially thrombocytopenia), which had a delayed onset and protracted recovery (without significant recovery until at least 2 months post-RIT). Grade 3 myelosuppression in two of two patients who were treated at a tracer- projected 50-cGy WBD level (133 and 149 mCi) precluded further planned RIT dose escalation. Less myelosuppression was generally observed in patients who were treated at ≤ 40-cGy WBD levels. Antimouse antibodies developed in two patients. Six patients had tumor responses post-RIT. Four had responses that lasted more than 1 month (2 to 6 months), which included one complete response, one partial response, one minor response, and one mixed response. Responses seemed to occur more frequently in imaged tumors than in nonimaged tumors. The most durable response occurred in a patient who had the best antibody targeting to tumor. Conclusions: Although 131I-MB-1 has limited diagnostic value, it can produce tumor responses at nonmarrow ablative RIT doses. Further studies that focus on improving tumor targeting with this or other B-cell-reactive radiolabeled antibodies and on ameliorating the myelosuppression associated with the RIT-dosing approach used in this trial are warranted.
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- Cancer Research