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See detailRegiospecific radiolabeling of Nanofitin on Ni Magnetic Beads with 18F-FBEM and in vivo PET studies
Dammicco, Sylvestre ULg; Lemaire, Christian ULg; Cinier, Mathieu et al

Poster (2015, May)

Nanofitins(NFs) are a small, single chain and cysteine-free protein able to selectively bind a defined biological target. They derive from Sac7d bacterial protein family and are highly stable over a wide ... [more ▼]

Nanofitins(NFs) are a small, single chain and cysteine-free protein able to selectively bind a defined biological target. They derive from Sac7d bacterial protein family and are highly stable over a wide range of pH (0-13) and temperature (Tm ~80°C). Their extreme stability, low cost and high tolerability for chemical coupling make NFs an interesting alternative to antibodies. The aim of this study was to develop the first synthesis of a radiolabeled NF since no in vivo biodistribution kinetic studies have been published. [less ▲]

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See detail18F-FMT: a reliable PET tracer for in vivo evaluation of dopaminergic dysfunction in Parkinson’s Disease rat model.
Becker, Guillaume ULg; Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULg; Michel, Anne et al

Poster (2015, March 18)

Objectives: Rat models of Parkinson’s disease (PD), such as lesioned rats with 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA), are useful for studying dopamine (DA)-related functions. 6-18F-fluoro-m-tyrosine (6-18F-FMT) is ... [more ▼]

Objectives: Rat models of Parkinson’s disease (PD), such as lesioned rats with 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA), are useful for studying dopamine (DA)-related functions. 6-18F-fluoro-m-tyrosine (6-18F-FMT) is an effective PET tracer to evaluate of DA terminals integrity and L-aromatic amino acid decarboxylase (AAAD) metabolic pathway. However, there are currently no available quantitative PET studies using 18F-FMT in 6-OHDA lesioned rats. In this context, we investigated the feasibility of in vivo PET study using 18F-FMT on 6-OHDA PD’s model. Methods: 10 µg of 6-OHDA were injected into the right medial forebrain bundle (MFB) of male Sprague-Dawley rats (n=8). As control, sham-treated rats (n=8) were injected with vehicle only but otherwise treated identically. Striatal DA presynaptic activity was assessed by dynamic 18F-FMT-PET. Structural T2-weighted brain images were acquired on a 9.4T MRI and were used for co-registration. After normalization on a MRI template, kinetic analysis was performed by “Patlak Reference” model, using PMOD software. Results: Striatal accumulation of 18F-FMT was observed in rats pretreated with benserazide, a peripheral AAAD inhibitor. As consequence of the 6-OHDA-lesion, significant decrease of 18F-FMT accumulation was recorded in the striatum ipsilateral to the lesion. Lesioned rats had dramatically reduced uptake constant Ki in the ipsilateral striatum compared to the contralateral striatum (p<0.001) and to the ipsilateral striatum of sham-treated rats (p<0.005). The Ki ratio (Ipsi./Contra.) was equivalent to 94% in the sham group and dropped to 41% in the lesioned group. Conclusions: 18F-FMT PET enables us to quantify loss of DA presynaptic function in unilaterally 6-OHDA lesioned rats. These results encourage us to pursue further investigations in a longitudinal way and to monitor the progression of the dopaminergic dysfunction in more moderate and gradual preclinical PD models. [less ▲]

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See detail[18F]UCB-H as a new PET radiotracer for Synaptic vesicle protein 2A: A first clinical trial
Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULg; Stifkens, Mathieu; Bastin, Christine ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 27)

SV2A is widely distributed in the brain and has been demonstrated to be involved in vesicle trafficking. The critical role of SV2A in proper nervous system function is shown, e.g., by the fact that it is ... [more ▼]

SV2A is widely distributed in the brain and has been demonstrated to be involved in vesicle trafficking. The critical role of SV2A in proper nervous system function is shown, e.g., by the fact that it is a binding site and the primary mechanism of levetiracetam. Levetiracetam is an antiepileptic drug which has recently been suggested to reduce synaptic deficits in a mouse model for Alzheimer’s disease. We here aimed to investigate the cerebral distribution of [18F]UCB-H, which has a high affinity with the SV2A. Dynamic PET data of the head of 4 healthy volunteers were acquired over 100 minutes after injection of 170.4 ± 24.9 MBq of GMP produced [18F]UCB-H. The arterial input function (IF) was obtained by blood sampling. The IF was also derived from the dynamic data using the correlation coefficient method. Blood data revealed a consistent amount of [18F]UCB-H in whole blood and plasma indicating a very low degree of binding of the tracer to the red blood cells. The image-derived arterial IFs were showed to be very similar to the measured ones with a peak-ratio around 0.91 and an area-under-curve ratio about 0.98. The [18F]UCB-H PET data showed a high and rapid uptake in the grey matter structures, matching the known ubiquitous distribution of the SV2A in the brain. The kinetics of the tracer in the brain was characterized by an initial high uptake phase followed by rapid washout allowing the standard compartmental modeling (1-tissue, 2-tissue, and Logan Plot). The three models gave similar results with both the measured and image-derived IFs. The total distribution volume of the tracer in the brain was greater than 7 mL/cm3. Our results suggest that [18F]UCB-H is a good candidate as radiotracer for brain SV2A proteins and could be used for human studies. Image-derived IF showed to be useful for quantitative studies without the need to the arterial blood sampling. SV2A modifications may consequently be assessed in neurological pathologies such as Alzheimer’s disease. [less ▲]

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See detailN1-Fluoroalkyltryptophan analogues: synthesis and in vitro study as potential substrates for indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase
Henrottin, Jean ULg; Zervosen, Astrid ULg; Lemaire, Christian ULg et al

in ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters (2015), 6

ABSTRACT: Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (hIDO) is an enzyme that catalyzes the oxidative cleavage of the indole ring of L-tryptophan through the kynurenine pathway, thereby exerting immunosuppressive ... [more ▼]

ABSTRACT: Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (hIDO) is an enzyme that catalyzes the oxidative cleavage of the indole ring of L-tryptophan through the kynurenine pathway, thereby exerting immunosuppressive properties in inflammatory and tumoral tissues. The syntheses of 1-(2-fluoroethyl)-tryptophan (1-FETrp) and 1-((1-(2-fluoroethyl)-1H-1,2,3-triazol-4-yl)methyl)-tryptophan, two N1-fluoroalkylated tryptophan derivatives, are described here. In vitro enzymatic assays with these two new potential substrates of hIDO show that 1-FETrp is a good and specific substrate of hIDO. Therefore, its radioactive isotopomer, 1-[18F]FETrp, should be a molecule of choice to visualize tumoral and inflammatory tissues and/or to validate new potential inhibitors. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of [18F]UCB-H as a novel PET tracer for synaptic vesicle protein 2A in the brain.
Warnock, Geoffrey; Aerts, Joël ULg; Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULg et al

in Journal of Nuclear Medicine (The) (2014), 55(8), 1336-1341

Synaptic vesicle 2 (SV2) proteins are critical to proper nervous system function and are involved in vesicle trafficking. The SV2A isoform has been identified as the binding site of the antiepileptic ... [more ▼]

Synaptic vesicle 2 (SV2) proteins are critical to proper nervous system function and are involved in vesicle trafficking. The SV2A isoform has been identified as the binding site of the antiepileptic levetiracetam (LEV), making it an interesting therapeutic target for epilepsy. [18F]UCB-H is a novel PET imaging agent with a nanomolar affinity for human SV2A. Methods: preclinical PET studies were carried out in isoflurane anesthetized rats. Arterial input function was measured using an arteriovenous shunt and beta microprobe system. [18F]UCB-H was injected IV (140 ± 20 MBq bolus). Results: brain uptake of [18F]UCB-H was high, matching the expected homogeneous distribution of SV2A. The distribution volume (Vt) for [18F]UCB-H was calculated using Logan’s graphical analysis and the effect of LEV pretreatment on Vt measured. In control animals the mean whole-brain Vt was 9.76 ± 0.52 ml/cm3 (mean ± SD, n=4, test-retest), and the mean reproducibility in test-retest studies was 10.4 ± 6.5 %. Uptake of [18F]UCB-H was dose-dependently blocked by pretreatment with LEV (0.1 - 100 mg/kg IV). Conclusion: our results indicate that [18F]UCB-H is a suitable radiotracer for the imaging of SV2A in vivo. This is the first PET tracer for in vivo quantification of SV2A. The necessary steps for implementation of [18F]UCB-H production under GMP conditions and first in human studies are planned. [less ▲]

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See detail[18F]UCB-H AS A NEW PET RADIOTRACER FOR SYNAPTIC VESICLE PROTEIN 2A
Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULg; Bastin, Christine ULg; Aerts, Joël ULg et al

Poster (2014, June 06)

Synaptic vesicle protein 2A (SV2A) is widely distributed in the brain and has been demonstrated to be involved in vesicle trafficking. The critical role of SV2A in proper nervous system function is shown ... [more ▼]

Synaptic vesicle protein 2A (SV2A) is widely distributed in the brain and has been demonstrated to be involved in vesicle trafficking. The critical role of SV2A in proper nervous system function is shown, for example, by the fact that it is a binding site and the primary mechanism of levetiracetam. Levetiracetam is an antiepileptic drug which has recently been suggested to reduce synaptic deficits in a mouse model for Alzheimer’s disease and to improve cognition in patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. We here aimed to investigate the cerebral distribution of [18F]UCB-H, a fluorine-18 radiolabelled PET imaging tracer, which has a high affinity with the SV2A. [18F]UCB-H was radiosynthesized under GMP conditions. Dynamic PET data of the head of four healthy volunteers were acquired over 100 minutes after injection of 170.4 ± 24.9 MBq of [18F]UCB-H. The arterial input function was obtained by blood sampling during the dynamic PET acquisition. The analysis of the blood data reveled a consistent amount of [18F]UCB-H in whole blood and plasma which indicates a very low degree of binding of the tracer to the red blood cells. The unchanged fraction of [18F]UCB-H in plasma showed a bi-exponential behavioral decrease with a starting fraction of 92% of the injected amount of the tracer, measured at 3 min post injection. This fraction decreased to about 50% at 10 min post injection. The [18F]UCB-H PET data showed a high and rapid uptake in the grey matter structures, matching the known ubiquitous distribution of the SV2A in the brain. The kinetics of the tracer in the brain was characterized by an initial high uptake phase followed by rapid washout allowing the standard compartmental modeling (1-tissue compartment, 2-tissue compartment, and Logan graphical analysis). The three models gave consistent results. The two-tissue compartment model fitted the experimental data best and provided a total distribution volume of the [18F]UCB-H in the brain greater than 7 mL/cm3 and a specific distribution volume around 3 mL/cm3. Our results suggest that [18F]UCB-H is a good candidate as radiotracer for brain SV2A proteins and could be used for human studies. In the future, SV2A modifications might be assessed in neurological pathologies such as Alzheimer’s disease. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of N-fluoroalkyl-tryptophan and study of their biological activity as potential substrates for indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase
Henrottin, Jean ULg; Zervosen, Astrid ULg; Lemaire, Christian ULg et al

Poster (2014, June)

Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (rhIDO) is an enzyme mainly expressed in brain and tumor cells and catalyzing the oxidative cleavage of the indole ring of L-tryptophan through the kynurenine pathway ... [more ▼]

Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (rhIDO) is an enzyme mainly expressed in brain and tumor cells and catalyzing the oxidative cleavage of the indole ring of L-tryptophan through the kynurenine pathway. Furthermore this enzyme could be responsible for the eventual suppression of immune responses by blocking locally T-lymphocyte proliferation. The syntheses of 1-(2-fluoroethyl)-tryptophan (1-[19F]FETrp) and 1-((1-(2-fluoroethyl)-1H-1,2,3-triazol-4-yl)methyl)-tryptophan, two N-fluoroalkylated tryptophan derivatives, are described here. In vitro enzymatic assays with these two new potential substrates of rhIDO show that 1-[19F]FETrp is a good and specific substrate of hIDO. [less ▲]

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See detail[18F]UCB-H AS A BRAIN SV2A RADIOTRACER: A FIRST CLINICAL TRIAL
Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULg; Bastin, Christine ULg; Aerts, Joël ULg et al

Poster (2014, May 27)

[18F]UCB-H is a fluorine-18 radiolabelled PET imaging tracer with a high affinity for the synaptic vesicle protein 2A (SV2A). This protein, involved in vesicle trafficking and widely distributed in the ... [more ▼]

[18F]UCB-H is a fluorine-18 radiolabelled PET imaging tracer with a high affinity for the synaptic vesicle protein 2A (SV2A). This protein, involved in vesicle trafficking and widely distributed in the brain, represents the binding site and the primary mechanism of the antiepileptic drug levetiracetam. Levetiracetam has recently been suggested to reduce synaptic deficits in a mouse Alzheimer’s disease model and to improve cognition in patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment, suggesting a possible role for this protein in synaptic integrity. The objective of this study was to investigate the cerebral distribution of [18F]UCB-H in healthy human volunteers. Dynamic PET imaging of the head of four healthy volunteers was performed over 100 minutes after injection of 170.4 ± 24.9 MBq of GMP produced [18F]UCB-H. The input function was acquired by arterial blood sampling during the dynamic PET acquisition. Blood data analysis showed a consistent tracer amount in whole blood and plasma indicating a very low degree of binding of the tracer to the red blood cells. Unchanged [18F]UCB-H fraction in plasma follows a bi-exponential behavioral decrease with a starting fraction of 92% of the injected amount of the tracer, measured at 3 min post injection. This fraction decreases to about 50% at 10 min post injection. The [18F]UCB-H PET data revealed a high and rapid uptake in the grey matter structures, matching the known ubiquitous distribution of SV2A in the brain. The kinetics of the tracer in the brain was characterized by an initial high uptake phase followed by rapid washout allowing the standard compartmental modeling (1-tissue compartment, 2-tissue compartment, and Logan graphical analysis). The three models gave consistent results. The two-tissue compartment model fitted the experimental data best and provided a total distribution volume of [18F]UCB-H in the brain greater than 7 mL/cm3 and a specific distribution volume around 3 mL/cm3. Our results indicate that [18F]UCB-H is a new radiotracer for brain SV2A proteins suitable for human studies. Further studies are warranted to assess SV2A modifications in neurological pathologies such as Alzheimer’s disease. [less ▲]

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See detailHybrid MicroPET Imaging for Dosimetric Applications in Mice: Improvement of Activity Quantification in Dynamic MicroPET Imaging for Accelerated Dosimetry Applied to 6-[ 18 F] Fluoro- L -DOPA and 2-[ 18 F]Fluoro- L -Tyrosine
Bretin, Florian ULg; Mauxion, T; Warnock, G et al

in Molecular Imaging and Biology (2014), 16(3), 383-394

Purpose: Dynamic microPET imaging has advantages over traditional organ harvesting, but is pronetoquantificationerrorsinsmallvolumes.Hybridimaging,wheremicroPETactivitiesarecross- calibrated using post ... [more ▼]

Purpose: Dynamic microPET imaging has advantages over traditional organ harvesting, but is pronetoquantificationerrorsinsmallvolumes.Hybridimaging,wheremicroPETactivitiesarecross- calibrated using post scan harvested organs, can improve quantification. Organ harvesting, dynamic imaging and hybrid imaging were applied to determine the human and mouse radiation dosimetry of 6-[18 F]fluoro-L-DOPA and 2-[18 F]fluoro-L-tyrosine and compared. Procedures: Two-hour dynamic microPET imaging was performed with both tracers in four separate mice for 18 F-FDOPA and three mice for 18 F-FTYR. Organ harvesting was performed at 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 and 120 min post tracer injection with n=5 at each time point for 18 F-FDOPA and n=3 at each time point for 18 F-FTYR. Human radiation dosimetry projected from animal data was calculated for the three different approaches for each tracer using OLINDA/EXM. S- factors for the MOBY phantom were used to calculate the animal dosimetry. Results: Correlations between dose estimates based on organ harvesting and imaging was improved from r=0.997 to r=0.999 for 18 F-FDOPA and from r=0.985 to r=0.996 (p<0.0001 for all) for 18 F-FTYR by using hybrid imaging. Conclusion: Hybrid imaging yields comparable results to traditional organ harvesting while partially overcoming the limitations of pure imaging. It is an advantageous technique in terms of number of animals needed and labour involved. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of protected α-alkyl lanthionine derivatives
Denoël, Thibaut; Zervosen, Astrid ULg; Lemaire, Christian ULg et al

in Tetrahedron (2014), 70(30), 4526-4533

Abstract Protected α-alkyl lanthionine derivatives were synthesized in five steps starting from a known phenyloxazoline precursor. This approach involved the synthesis of a family of substituted cyclic ... [more ▼]

Abstract Protected α-alkyl lanthionine derivatives were synthesized in five steps starting from a known phenyloxazoline precursor. This approach involved the synthesis of a family of substituted cyclic sulfamidates and their regioselective opening by nucleophilic attack with a protected cysteine. This efficient multistep strategy affords various α-alkylated lanthionine derivatives in high yields. [less ▲]

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See detailEnantioselective synthesis of [small alpha]-benzylated lanthionines and related tripeptides for biological incorporation into E. coli peptidoglycan
Denoel, Thibaut; Zervosen, Astrid ULg; Lemaire, Christian ULg et al

in Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry (2014)

The synthesis of modified tripeptides (S)-Ala-[gamma]-(R)-Glu-X, where X = (R,S) or (R,R) diastereomers of [small alpha]-benzyl or [small alpha]-(4-azidobenzyl)lanthionine, was carried out. The chemical ... [more ▼]

The synthesis of modified tripeptides (S)-Ala-[gamma]-(R)-Glu-X, where X = (R,S) or (R,R) diastereomers of [small alpha]-benzyl or [small alpha]-(4-azidobenzyl)lanthionine, was carried out. The chemical strategy involved the enantioselective alkylation of a 4-MeO-phenyloxazoline. The reductive opening of the alkylated oxazolines, followed by cyclization and oxidation, led to four PMB-protected sulfamidates. Subsequent PMB removal, Boc protection and regioselective opening with cysteine methyl ester led to protected lanthionines. These compounds were further converted in a one pot process to the corresponding protected tripeptides. After ester and Boc deprotection, the four tripeptides were evaluated as potential analogues of the natural tripeptide (S)-Ala-[gamma]-(R)-Glu-meso-A2pm. These compounds were evaluated for introduction, by means of the biosynthetic recycling pathway, into the peptidoglycan of Escherichia coli. A successful in vitro biosynthesis of UDP-MurNAc-tripeptides from the tripeptides containing [small alpha]-benzyl lanthionine was achieved using purified murein peptide ligase (Mpl). Bioincorporation into E. coli W7 did not occur under different tested conditions probably due to the bulky benzyl group at the C[small alpha] carbon of the C-terminal amino acid. [less ▲]

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See detailStereoselective synthesis of lanthionine derivatives in aqueous solution and their incorporation into the peptidoglycan of Escherichia coli.
Denoel, Thibaut; Zervosen, Astrid ULg; Gerards, Thomas ULg et al

in Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry (2014), 22(17), 4621-8

The three diastereoisomers-(R,R), (S,S) and meso-of lanthionine were synthesized in aqueous solution with high diastereoselectivity (>99%). The (S) and (R) enantiomers of two differently protected ... [more ▼]

The three diastereoisomers-(R,R), (S,S) and meso-of lanthionine were synthesized in aqueous solution with high diastereoselectivity (>99%). The (S) and (R) enantiomers of two differently protected sulfamidates were opened by nucleophilic attack of (R) or (S)-cysteine. Acidification and controlled heating liberated the free lanthionines. Using the same chemistry, an alpha-benzyl lanthionine was also prepared. The proposed method, which avoids the need of enrichment by recrystallization, opens the way to the labelling of these compounds with (35)S. Furthermore, in vivo bioincorporation into Escherichia coli W7 was studied. No incorporation of alpha-benzyl lanthionine was observed. In contrast, meso-lanthionine can effectively replace meso-diaminopimelic acid in vivo, while in the presence of (R,R)-lanthionine the initial increase of bacterial growth was followed by cell lysis. In the future, meso-[(35)S]lanthionine could be used to study the biosynthesis of peptidoglycan and its turnover in relation to cell growth and division. [less ▲]

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See detailFully Automated Production of 68Ga-DOTA-NOC with a Trasis miniAIO® Synthesizer
Léonard, Marc ULg; Aerts, Joël ULg; Voccia, Samuel et al

Poster (2013, October 22)

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See detailSynthesis of [18F]4-(4-fluorophenyl)-1,2,4-triazole-3,5-dione: an agent for specific radiolabelling of tyrosine
Flagothier, Jessica ULg; Warnier, Corentin ULg; Dammicco, Sylvestre ULg et al

in RSC Advances (2013), 3

We developed a new [18F] prosthetic group, the [18F]4-(4-fluorophenyl)-1,2,4-triazole-3,5-dione ([18F]FPTAD), used for its specific ligation with tyrosine-containing peptides or protein in order to ... [more ▼]

We developed a new [18F] prosthetic group, the [18F]4-(4-fluorophenyl)-1,2,4-triazole-3,5-dione ([18F]FPTAD), used for its specific ligation with tyrosine-containing peptides or protein in order to develop a new and versatile radiolabelling technique that could provide a useful tool for new developments in PET imaging. [less ▲]

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See detailIn vivo PET/CT in a human glioblastoma chicken chorioallantoic membrane model: A new tool for oncology and radiotracer development.
Warnock, Geoffrey; Turtoi, Andrei ULg; Blomme, Arnaud ULg et al

in Journal of Nuclear Medicine : Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine (2013), 54(10), 1782-1788

For many years the laboratory mouse has been used as the standard model for in vivo oncology research, particularly in the development of novel PET tracers, but the growth of tumors on chicken ... [more ▼]

For many years the laboratory mouse has been used as the standard model for in vivo oncology research, particularly in the development of novel PET tracers, but the growth of tumors on chicken chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) provides a more rapid, low cost and ethically sustainable alternative. For the first time, we demonstrate the feasibility of in vivo PET and CT imaging in a U87 glioblastoma tumor model on chicken chorioallantoic membrane (CAM), with the aim of applying this model for screening of novel PET tracers. Methods: U87 glioblastoma cells were implanted on the CAM at day 11 post-fertilization and imaged at day 18. A small animal imaging cell was used to maintain incubation and allow anesthesia using isoflurane. Radiotracers were injected directly into the exposed CAM vasculature. Sodium [18F]fluoride was used to validate the imaging protocol, demonstrating that image-degrading motion can be removed with anesthesia. Tumor glucose metabolism was imaged using [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose and tumor protein synthesis was imaged using 2-[18F]fluoro-L-tyrosine. Anatomical images were obtained by contrast enhanced CT, facilitating clear delineation of the tumor, delineation of tracer uptake in tumor versus embryo and accurate volume measurements. Results: PET imaging of tumor glucose metabolism and protein synthesis was successfully demonstrated in the CAM U87 glioblastoma model. Catheterization of CAM blood vessels facilitated dynamic imaging of glucose metabolism with [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose and demonstrated the ability to study PET tracer uptake over time in individual tumors, while CT imaging improved the accuracy of tumor volume measurements. Conclusion: In summary, we describe the novel application of PET/CT in the CAM tumor model, with optimization of typical imaging protocols. PET imaging in this valuable tumor model could prove particularly useful for rapid, high-throughput screening of novel radiotracers. [less ▲]

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See detailProduction at the Curie Level of No-Carrier-Added 6-18F-Fluoro-L-Dopa
Libert, Lionel ULg; Franci, Xavier; Plenevaux, Alain ULg et al

in Journal of Nuclear Medicine : Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine (2013), 54(7), 1154-1161

6-18F-fluoro-L-dopa (18F-FDOPA) has proven to be a useful radiopharmaceutical for the evaluation of presynaptic dopaminergic function using PET. In comparison to electrophilic synthesis, the no-carrier ... [more ▼]

6-18F-fluoro-L-dopa (18F-FDOPA) has proven to be a useful radiopharmaceutical for the evaluation of presynaptic dopaminergic function using PET. In comparison to electrophilic synthesis, the no-carrier-added (NCA) nucleophilic method has several advantages. These include much higher available activity and specific activity. Recently, we have described an NCA enantioselective synthesis using a chiral phase-transfer catalyst. However, some chemicals were difficult to implement into a commercially available synthesizer, restricting access to this radiopharmaceutical to only a few PET centers. Methods: In this paper, 2 important chemical improvements are proposed to simplify production of 18F-FDOPA, resulting in straightforward automation of the synthesis in a commercially available module. Results: First, a fast, simple, and reliable synthesis of 2-18F-fluoro-4,5-dimethoxybenzyl iodide on a solid phase support was developed. Second, a phase-transfer catalyst alkylation of a glycine derivative at room temperature was used to enable enantioselective carbon–carbon bond formation. After hydrolysis and high-performance liquid chromatography purification, a high enantiomeric excess of 18F-FDOPA (~97%) was obtained using a chiral catalyst available from a biphenyl 3 substrate. The total synthesis time was 63 min, and the decay-corrected radiochemical yield was 36% +/- 3% (n = 8). Conclusion: By exploiting the advantages of this NCA approach, using a starting activity of 185 GBq of NCA 18F-fluoride, high activities of 18F-FDOPA (> 45 GBq) with high specific activity (>753 GBq/mmol) are now available at the end of synthesis for use in clinical investigations. [less ▲]

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