DCE-MRI detects early vascular response in breast tumor xenografts following anti-DR5 Therapy

Hyunki Kim, Karri D. Folks, Lingling Guo, Cecil R. Stockard, Naomi S. Fineberg, William E. Grizzle, James F. George, Donald J. Buchsbaum, Desiree E. Morgan, Kurt R. Zinn

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Purpose: Dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) measured the early vascular changes after administration of TRA-8, bevacizumab, or TRA-8 combined with bevacizumab in breast tumor xenografts. Procedures: Groups 1-4 of nude mice bearing human breast carcinoma were injected with phosphate-buffered saline, TRA-8, bevacizumab, and TRA-8 + bevacizumab on day 0, respectively. DCE-MRI was performed on days 0, 1, 2, and 3, and thereafter tumors were collected for terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUT nick end labeling and CD31 staining. Results: DCE-MRI measured a significant K trans change within 3 days after TRA-8 therapy that correlated with tumor growth arrest, which was not shown with statistical significance by histopathology at these early time points posttreatment. The K trans changes followed quadratic polynomial curves. Conclusion: DCE-MRI detected significantly lower K trans levels in breast tumor xenografts following TRA-8 monotherapy or combined therapy with bevacizumab.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-103
Number of pages10
JournalMolecular Imaging and Biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Bevacizumab
  • Breast cancer
  • DR5
  • Novel biomarker
  • Reference region model
  • TRA-8


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