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    Extra domain B fibronectin as a target for near-infrared fluorescence imaging of rheumatoid arthritis affected joints in vivo (2009)

    Zeitschriftenartikel / wissenschaftlicher Beitrag
    Vollmer, Sonja
    Vater, Axel
    Licha, Kai
    Gemeinhardt, Ines
    Gemeinhardt, Ole
    Voigt, Jan
    Ebert, Bernd
    Schnorr, Jörg
    Taupitz, Matthias
    Macdonald, Rainer
    Schirner, Michael
    Molecular imaging : official journal of the Society for Molecular Imaging
    Bandzählung: 8
    Heftzählung: 6
    Seiten: 330 – 40
    ISSN: 1536-0121
    Pubmed: 20003891
    Institut für Veterinär-Anatomie

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    14195 Berlin
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    Abstract / Zusammenfassung

    We investigated a molecular imaging approach for the detection of collagen-induced arthritis in rats by targeting the extra domain B (ED-B) of the extracellular matrix protein fibronectin. ED-B is a highly conserved domain (identical in human and rats) that is produced by alternative splicing during embryonic development and during vascular remodeling such as angiogenesis. The hallmark of rheumatoid arthritis is synovitis leading to both angiogenesis in the synovium and the promotion of cartilage and bone disruption. For in vivo diagnostics, the ED-B-binding single-chain antibody fragment AP39 was used as a targeting probe. It was covalently linked to the near-infrared dye tetrasulfocyanine (TSC) to be visualized by near-infrared fluorescence imaging. The resulting AP39-TSC conjugate was intravenously administered to rats with collagen-induced arthritis and the respective controls. Ovalbumin-TSC was used as control conjugate. Optical imaging over a time period of 24 hours using a planar imaging setup resulted in a clear enhancement of fluorescence intensity in joints with moderate to severe arthritis compared with control joints between 3 and 8 hours postinjection. Given that AP39 is a fully human antibody fragment, this molecular imaging approach for arthritis detection might be translated to humans.