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Radioimmunoguided surgery (RIGS) has been known as a sophisticated tool to detect micrometastasis intraoperatively. A preclinical model of RIGS was designed to test the possible clinical applicability of the biparatopic antibody in detecting colorectal cancer. The biparatopic antibody was constructed using two anti-carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA)-specific antibodies, T84.66 and PR1A3, reacting against two different epitopes. (125)I-labeled biparatopic antibody was introduced via the principal colonic arteries at the end of operation in 10 operable patients with colon cancer. After 24 h, the radioactivities of the tumors and lymph nodes were counted using the gamma-detecting probe. The radioactivity count was performed ex vivo. The accurate detection in the primary tumors and metastatic lymph nodes were 100 and 88.7% respectively. False-positive detections occurred in 24 of 256 lymph nodes (9.4%), whereas false-negative detections occurred in 5 of them (2%). The most frequent cause of false-positive detection was dissociated radionuclides trapped in the lymphatic tissues. False-negative detections occurred mainly from weak targeting by radiolabeled antibody, probably due to weak expression of tumor CEA. Conclusively, as most detection errors appear to be reduced within 3 days in vivo, the biparatopic antibody can efficiently be applied to the clinical RIGS, thereby facilitating accurate detection and removal of occult cancer foci in colorectal cancer.

Original publication




Journal article


Eur Surg Res

Publication Date





36 - 44


Antibodies, Autoradiography, Carcinoembryonic Antigen, Carcinoma, Colonic Neoplasms, Epitopes, False Negative Reactions, False Positive Reactions, Humans, Immunohistochemistry, Lymphatic Metastasis, Middle Aged, Radioimmunodetection