Kinetic studies with iodine-123-labeled serum amyloid P component in patients with systemic AA and AL amyloidosis and assessment of clinical value

PL Jager*, BPC Hazenberg, EJF Franssen, PC Limburg, MH van Rijswijk, DA Piers

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In systemic amyloidosis, widespread amyloid deposition interferes with organ function, frequently with fatal consequences. Diagnosis rests on demonstrating amyloid deposits in the tissues, traditionally with histology although scintigraphic imaging with radiolabeled serum amyloid P component (SAP) has lately been developed as a specific noninvasive alternative. We report a detailed analysis of the abnormal turnover of SAP in patients with systemic amyloidosis and an assessment of its clinical value, Methods: iodine-123-labeled human SAP (200 MBq) SAP was injected intravenously into 49 patients with histologically proven systemic AA- or AL- amyloidosis and in 7 control subjects, Plasma clearance and whole-body retention of labeled SAP were analyzed over 48 hr using plasma sampling, whole-body gamma camera imaging and measurement of radioactivity in the urine, The rate of SAP synthesis and interstitial exchange were determined, and the size of the amyloid compartment was compared with clinical estimates of whole-body amyloid load and patient survival. Results: Ail plasma time-activity curves were biphasic. In comparison with control subjects, patients with amyloidosis showed significantly faster plasma disappearance [4-hr value: AA 48% +/- 18%, AL 45% +/- 15% versus 65% +/- 8% (p <0.05)], higher total-body retention 48 hr p.i. [AA 74% +/- 14%, AL 73% +/- 17% versus 46% +/- 15% (p <0.01)] and especially higher extravascular retention 48 hr p.i. [AA 59% +/- 16%, AL 58% +/- 19% versus 30% +/- 14% (p <0.01)], Extravascular retention correlated with clinical estimation of the amyloid load, If extravascular retention values in patients with AL amyloidosis were over 60%, survival was decreased (median 4 versus 23 mo, p <0.001), Markedly increased interstitial exchange rates were present in amyloidosis (AA 64 +/- 61, AL 50 +/- 37 versus 18 +/- 8 mg/hr), whereas the SAP synthesis rate did not differ from the control values (AA 5.0 +/- 3.0, AL 5.5 +/- 3.2 versus 4.5 +/- 1.4 mg/hr), Conclusion: The presence of systemic amyloidosis is characterized by accelerated initial clearance of I-123-SAP from the plasma and increased interstitial exchange rate and extravascular retention. These findings reflect reversible binding of radiolabeled SAP to amyloid deposits and provide clinically useful information for diagnosis, monitoring of therapy and prognosis in patients with systemic amyloidosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)699-706
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nuclear Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr-1998
Event43rd Annual Meeting of the Society-of-Nuclear-Medicine -
Duration: 1-Jun-19975-Jun-1997


  • amyloidosis
  • serum amyloid P component
  • diagnosis
  • iodine-123

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