Robert J. Mairs

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Mathematical models have predicted that targeted radiotherapy of neuroblastoma with metaiodobenzylguanidine (mIBG) is less likely to cure small rather than large micrometastases if 131I is the conjugated radionuclide. This study uses multicellular tumour spheroids as an in vitro model to test the hypothesis that smaller tumours of sub-millimetre dimensions(More)
BACKGROUND The radiopharmaceutical 131I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (131I-MIBG) is used for the targeted radiotherapy of noradrenaline transporter (NAT)-expressing neuroblastoma. Enhancement of 131I-MIBG's efficacy is achieved by combination with the topoisomerase I inhibitor topotecan - currently being evaluated clinically. Proteasome activity affords(More)
Radiolabelled meta-iodobenzylguanidine (mIBG) currently provides one of the most promising options for targeted radiotherapy of neuroblastoma. No means currently exists for prediction of mIBG uptake in tumour cells of individual patients other than semiquantitative inferences from diagnostic scanning which depend on the continued existence of a macroscopic(More)
A promising new treatment for glioma involves Auger electron emitters such as 125I or 123I conjugated to deoxyuridine (IUdR). However, the presence in tumour deposits of non-proliferating cells with clonogenic potential poses a major limitation to this cycle-specific therapy. We have used multicellular tumour spheroids derived from the human glioma cell(More)
Radioiodinated iododeoxyuridine (IUdR) is a novel, cycle-specific agent that has potential for the treatment of residual malignant glioma after surgery. As only cells in S-phase incorporate IUdR into DNA, a major limitation to this therapy is likely to be proliferative heterogeneity of the tumour cell population. Using a clonogenic end point, we have(More)
Neuroblastoma is a relatively radiosensitive tumour, but because of its tendency to early dissemination, local radio-therapy alone is rarely curative. Biologically targeted radio-therapy is an alternative therapeutic strategy which exploits tissue specific differences to enable relatively selective delivery of radionuclides to tumour deposits. One way of(More)
OBJECTIVES Despite recent advances in the treatment of metastatic prostate cancer, survival rates are low and treatment options are limited to chemotherapy and hormonal therapy. (131) I-MIP-1095 is a recently developed prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA)-targeting, small molecular weight radiopharmaceutical which has anti-tumour activity as a single(More)
Radiolabelled meta-iodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) is selectively taken up by tumours of neuroendocrine origin, where its cellular localization is believed to be cytoplasmic. The radiopharmaceutical [131I]MIBG is now widely used in the treatment of neuroblastoma, but other radioconjugates of benzylguanidine have been little studied. We have investigated the(More)
This study aims to select the radiopharmaceutical vehicle for targeted radiotherapy of neuroblastoma which is most likely to penetrate readily the centre of micrometastases in vivo. The human neuroblastoma cell line NB1-G, grown as multicellular spheroids, provided an in vitro model for micrometastases. The radiopharmaceuticals studied were the(More)
[131I]meta-iodobenzylguanidine ([131I]MIBG) provides a means of selectively delivering radiation to neuroblastoma cells and is a promising addition to the range of agents used to treat neuroblastoma. As MIBG is now being incorporated into multimodal approaches to therapy, important questions arise about the appropriate scheduling and sequencing of the(More)