Chandra, S., Lorey, D. R., II and Smith, D. R. Quantitative Subcellular Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) Imaging of Boron-10 and Boron-11 Isotopes in the Same Cell Delivered by Two Combined BNCT Drugs: In Vitro Studies on Human Glioblastoma T98G Cells. Radiat. Res. 157, 700–710 (2002).
Ion microscopy was used for subcellular quantitative imaging of the isotopes 10B and 11B in the same cell to evaluate boron delivery using a mixture of two neutron capture therapy drugs, p-boronophenylalanine-fructose (BPA-F) and sodium borocaptate (BSH). The application of 10B-labeled BPA-F and 11B-labeled BSH allowed independent imaging of both 10B and 11B in the same cell using a CAMECA IMS-3f ion microscope. Mixed-drug treatments were compared to single-drug exposures given under identical conditions. 10BPA-F delivered 10B heterogeneously to T98G human glioblastoma cells, with a significantly reduced concentration in an organelle-rich perinuclear region. The intracellular distribution of 11B from 11BSH contrasted with that of the 10B from 10BPA-F, with 11B distributed nearly homogeneously throughout cells. The subcellular distributions of 10B and 11B were sustained in mixed-drug treatments and resembled their localizations after the single-drug treatments. In both single- and mixed-drug treatments, cellular levels of 10B from 10BPA-F nearly doubled between 1 h and 6 h, with a 3:1 intracellular to nutrient medium partitioning, while cellular levels of 11BSH remained essentially unchanged. The net effect of the combined treatment with 10BPA-F and 11BSH was an additive delivery of boron to cells. This study introduces a novel approach for checking potential synergistic, antagonistic or simple additive delivery of two mixed boronated compounds in cellular/subcellular compartments.