Triple targeting of Auger emitters using octreotate conjugated to a DNA-binding ligand and a nuclear localizing signal
Violet, J.A.; Farrugia, G.; Skene, C.; White, J.; Lobachevsky, P.; Martin, R.
International Journal of Radiation Biology 92(11): 707-715
We investigated the effect of incorporation of a nuclear localization signal (NLS) into a conjugate comprising the DNA binding ligand para-iodoHoechst (PIH) and octreotate on its DNA binding and affinity to the somatostatin receptor (SSTR). Confirmation of these properties would support development of similar conjugates labelled with Auger emitters for their potential in Auger endoradiotherapy. We synthesized conjugates of PIH and octreotate (PO) or PIH and NLS (PN) and a conjugate comprising PIH, NLS and octreotate (PNO). DNA-binding characteristics of PIH and conjugates were assessed using synthetic DNA oligonucleotides employing spectrophotometric titration of ligand solutions with DNA. We used membranes from the type 2 SSTR (SSTR2) overexpressing human non-small cell lung cancer cell line A427-7 to investigate the binding affinity of PNO. We demonstrated PN and PNO retain specific high affinity DNA-binding properties observed for PIH, and acquire an additional non-specific binding capacity. No DNA binding was observed for PO. PNO retains its binding affinity for SSTR. The DNA-binding properties of PNO and its affinity for SSTR suggests that it could potentially be used for tumour-specific delivery of PIH labelled with an Auger emitter in SSTR expressing tumours.