Metabolic response of glioblastoma to superselective intra-arterial cerebral infusion of bevacizumab: A proton MR spectroscopic imaging study

J. Y. Jeon, I. Kovanlikaya, J. A. Boockvar, X. Mao, B. Shin, J. K. Burkhardt, K. Kesavabhotla, P. Christos, H. Riina, D. C. Shungu, A. J. Tsiouris

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: SIACI of bevacizumab has emerged as a promising novel therapy in the treatment of recurrent GB. This study assessed the potential of 1H-MRS as an adjunctive technique in detecting metabolic changes reflective of antiproliferative effects of targeted infusion of bevacizumab in the treatment of GB. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighteen patients enrolled in a phase I/II study of SIACI of bevacizumab for treatment of recurrent GB were included. Concurrent MR imaging and 1H-MRS scans were performed before and after treatment. Five distinct morphologic ROIs were evaluated for structural and metabolic changes on MR imaging and 1H-MRS, which included enhancing, nonenhancing T2 hyperintense signal abnormality, and multiple control regions. Pre- and post-SIACI of bevacizumab peak areas for NAA, tCho, tCr, as well as tCho/tCr and tCho/NAA ratios, were derived for all 5 ROIs and compared using the Wilcoxon signed-rank test. RESULTS: A significant median decrease of 25.99% (range -55.76 to 123.94; P = .006) in tCho/NAA was found post-SIACI of bevacizumab relative to pretreatment values in regions of enhancing disease. A trend-level significant median decrease of 6.45% (range -23.71 to 37.67; P = .06) was noted in tCho/NAA posttreatment in regions of nonenhancing T2-hyperintense signal abnormality. CONCLUSIONS: The results of this 1H-MRS analysis suggest that GB treatment with SIACI of bevacizumab may be associated with a direct antiproliferative effect, as demonstrated by significant reductions of tCho/NAA after the intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2095-2102
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Neuroradiology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2012


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology

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