99mTc-SnF2 colloid “LLK”: particle size, morphology, and leukocyte labelling behaviour

McClelland, C., Onuegbulem, E., Carter, N., Leahy, M., O'Doherty, M., Pooley, F., O'Doherty, T., Newsam, R., Ensing, G. and Blower, P. (2003) 99mTc-SnF2 colloid “LLK”: particle size, morphology, and leukocyte labelling behaviour. Nuclear Medicine Communications, 24 (2). pp. 191-202. ISSN 0143-3636.

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99mTc-SnF2 colloid (Radpharm LLK) leucocyte labelling agent is used in whole blood, exploiting phagocytosis. The objectives of this work were to optimize leucocyte labelling in leucocyte-enriched plasma, and to investigate: (i) the effect of temperature and other factors on labelling efficiency; (ii) the selectivity for different leucocyte types; (iii) the viability of the labelled cells and efflux of the radiolabel; and (iv) the physical characteristics of the colloid. Density gradient centrifugation was used to investigate the labelling efficiency, cell selectivity and efflux, Trypan blue to study the viability, and laser scattering, electron microscopy and membrane filtration to investigate particle size and morphology. Particles appeared as loose, coiled, chain-like aggregates of much smaller particles (<0.05 microm). The aggregate diameter ranged from <0.1 to >5 microm and increased with time. The distribution of radioactivity amongst the particle sizes varied widely. The labelling efficiency in leucocyte-rich plasma was enhanced at 37 degrees C compared to room temperature, and by centrifuging during labelling. The selectivity for different leucocyte types varied markedly between batches and blood samples, in some cases showing preference for mononuclear cells and in others for granulocytes. Viability was excellent and comparable with 99mTc-hexamethylpropyleneamine oxime (99mTc-HMPAO)-labelled cells. A significant fraction of radiolabel, comparable to that observed with 99mTc-HMPAO, was lost from leucocytes during incubation in vitro over 4 h. Thus, 99mTc-SnF2 is a convenient, efficient labelling agent for leucocytes, but shows variable cell selectivity which may be linked to particle size variability, and there is significant efflux of radioactivity from labelled cells.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Human and Life Sciences
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Depositing User: Dr Carol Margaret Trim
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2015 16:14
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2015 16:14
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/13563

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