89Zr-trastuzumab PET for Imaging the Effect of HSP90 Inhibition

2014-07-23 21:09:55 | BioPortfolio


HSP90 inhibition is a potentially new targeted drug modality in the treatment of HER2 positive, trastuzumab refractory breast cancer. Little is known about the pharmacodynamics of HSP90 inhibitors in vivo, but non-invasive PET/CT imaging in a xenograft mouse model could visualize and quantify HER2 reduction after AUY922 treatment by 89Zr-trastuzumab PET imaging. Two doses of 50 mg/kg AUY922 resulted in a decrease in HER2 expression of approximately 50%, quantified 6 days after the last administration of AUY922.

Visualizing HER2 expression in breast cancer patients before and early following HSP90 inhibition by means of 89Zr-trastuzumab PET, is likely to provide insight in the early in vivo effect of HSP90 inhibition and could potentially support patient tailored therapy.


This study is designed as a side study to the multicenter, international phase I-II trial with the HSP90 inhibitor AUY922 (protocol CAUY922A2101), as part of the biomarker assessment. In protocol CAUY922A2101, section 4, the design of this phase I-II trial is described (p36, 37). Briefly, a dose-escalation study is performed according to phase I design. This part is followed by a dose-expansion study according to a phase II design. In the latter part, breast cancer patients are enrolled that are either refractory to hormone- or trastuzumab treatment (both treatment arms, n=40 patients). Patients with HER2 positive, trastuzumab refractory breast cancer, will receive a 89Zr-trastuzumab PET scan as part of the present side study protocol, which will be performed in collaboration with the Royal Marsden Hospital (United Kingdom).

To this end, a 89Zr-trastuzumab PET scan will be performed before (baseline) and during treatment with the HSP90 inhibitor AUY922, as described below.

A minimum of six patients are needed to evaluate whether the 89Zr-trastuzumab PET scan can be used for the detection of a decrease of HER2 expression, induced by HSP90 inhibition.

Study Design

Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective


Breast Cancer


Imaging with 89Zr-trastuzumab PET


University Medical Center Groningen
9713 GZ




University Medical Centre Groningen

Results (where available)

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A humanized monoclonal antibody against the ERBB-2 RECEPTOR (HER2). As an ANTINEOPLASTIC AGENT, it is used to treat BREAST CANCER where HER2 is overexpressed.

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