Breakthrough of 225Ac and its radionuclide daughters from an 225Ac/213Bi generator: Development of new methods, quantitative characterization, and implications for clinical use
Bisumth-213, a short-lived alpha particle emitting radionuclide, is generated from the decay of 225Ac, which has a half-life of 10 days. The development of a clinical 225Ac/213Bi generator and the preparation of a 213Bi radiolabeled antibody for radioimmunotherapy of leukemia have been reported. The 225Ac decay scheme is complex; therefore a thorough understanding of the impact of both the parent 225Ac and its daughters on radiolabeling, purification, and quantification is necessary for optimal use of the generator system. This paper reports: (i) unique new methods to measure 221Fr, 213Bi, and 209Pb, the prominent daughters of 225Ac; and (ii) a quantitative evaluation of 225Ac/213Bi generator breakthrough and the radionuclidic purity of 213Bi labeled radiopharmaceutical dose formulations. A quantitative multi-dimensional proportional scanning method was employed to distinguish and measure specific daughter radionuclides. This method combines thin layer chromatography in two perpendicular directions with attenuated collimation as a function of time for data collection and analysis. Francium-221 and 213Bi eluted differentially from the generator, and 221Fr contributed minimally to unchelated 213Bi in the reaction and final products. Lead-209 was present in the reaction solution, but not strongly bound by the chelating moiety either (i) under the 213Bi labeling reaction conditions or (ii) following chelated 213Bi decay. As a consequence of incorporating several new procedures to the operation of the generator, 225Ac breakthrough in the final product was further reduced and represented a trivial contaminant in the final drug formulations.