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See detailGeneral Method for Labeling siRNA by Click Chemistry with Fluorine-18 for the Purpose of PET Imaging
Mercier, Frédéric; Paris, Jérôme ULg; Kaisin, Geoffroy ULg et al

in Bioconjugate Chemistry (2011), 22(1), 108-114

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See detailNeural correlates of cognitive control at the item level in the Stroop task.
Grandjean, Julien ULg; D'Ostilio, Kevin ULg; Fias, Wim et al

Poster (2010, November 15)

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See detailInfluence of brain-derived neurotrophic factor val66met human polymorphism on declarative memory consolidation
Mascetti, Laura ULg; Foret, Ariane ULg; Matarazzo, Luca et al

Poster (2010, November 15)

The Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) is a neurotrophin which in the adult brain regulates long-term potentiation. In humans, valine (val) to methionine (met) substitution in the 5’ pro-region of ... [more ▼]

The Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) is a neurotrophin which in the adult brain regulates long-term potentiation. In humans, valine (val) to methionine (met) substitution in the 5’ pro-region of the BDNF protein is associated with poorer episodic memory. Neurons transfected with met-BDNF-Green Fluorescence Protein showed lower depolarization-induced secretion, while constitutive secretion is unchanged. Here, we hypothesized that the differences in BDNF release determined by this polymorphism would influence memory consolidation and that in comparison with the val/met (=val/met or met/met), val/val individuals would show higher memory performance and different brain responses during a 16h-delayed rather than immediate retrieval session. Participants encoded a series of neutral faces in the afternoon. Retrieval sessions took place one hour after the encoding session, and in the following morning, during the acquisition of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) time series with a 3 Tesla Allegra scanner. During retrieval, studied faces and new ones were presented in random order. For each stimulus, the subjects indicated whether they could retrieve the encoding episode with (“Remember”), or without details (“Know”), or if they thought the item had not been presented during encoding (“New”). A repeated-measure ANOVA on discrimination index (d’) showed significant effects of group (F(1, 27)=8.65, p=0.007, n(val/val)=14, n(val/met)=15) and session (F(1, 27)=24.64, p=0.000), although the group by session interaction was not significant (F(1, 27)=1.29, p=0.267). fMRI results showed a significant genotype (val/val > val/met) by session (delayed > immediate retrieval) by memory type (Remember > Know) interaction in the right inferior occipital gyrus (x=42, y=-78, z=0, p=0.004, Z=3.77), the left inferior parietal lobule (x=-56, y=-40, z=48, p=0.013, Z=3.43), the posterior cingulate cortex (x=14, y=-42, z=42, p=0.019, Z=3.29) and the right hippocampus (x=28, y=-22, z=-22, p=0.03, Z=3.11). Val/val individuals demonstrate higher memory performance than met-carriers but the change in memory performance between immediate and delayed retests is similar in both allelic groups. In contrast, neural correlates of recollection change between sessions differently according to genotype: responses increase significantly more in val/val than in val/met individuals in brain areas involved in the retrieval, accumulation and binding of perceptual memory details during delayed, relative to immediate retest. These data suggest that activity-dependent BDNF release promotes memory consolidation during the first post-training hours. [less ▲]

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See detailIN VIVO PET IMAGING OF THE EFFECT OF THE NMDA ANTAGONIST MEMANTINE ON GLUCOSE METABOLISM IN THE RODENT BRAIN
Warnock, Geoffrey ULg; Dedeurwaerdere, Stefanie; Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULg et al

Poster (2010, September)

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See detailTHE EFFECT OF BETA MICROPROBE IMPLANTATION ON THE BLOOD BRAIN BARRIER
Warnock, Geoffrey ULg; Dedeurwaardere, Stefanie; Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULg et al

Poster (2010, September)

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See detailPolymer micelles decorated by gadolinium complexes as MRI blood contrast agents: design, synthesis and properties
Grogna, Mathurin ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Luxen, André ULg et al

in Polymer Chemistry (2010), 1

New micellar macrocontrast agents with improved contrast at high frequencies were designed by grafting a gadolinium based contrast agent onto functional stealth micelles formed by poly(ethylene oxide)-b ... [more ▼]

New micellar macrocontrast agents with improved contrast at high frequencies were designed by grafting a gadolinium based contrast agent onto functional stealth micelles formed by poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(ε-caprolactone) (PEO-b-PCL) in water. As evidenced by relaxometry measurements and the hemolytic CH50 test, the new contrast agents are of interest as MRI blood pool agents. [less ▲]

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See detailClick chemistry : radiolabelling of oligonucleotides with fluorine- 18 for PET
Kaisin, Geoffroy ULg; Flagothier, Jessica ULg; Mercier, Frédéric ULg et al

Poster (2010, June)

Oligonucleotides (ONs), especially small interfering RNA (siRNA), are promising therapeutic agents, but their pharmacokinetics and biodistributions are widely unknown. Positron Emission Tomography (PET ... [more ▼]

Oligonucleotides (ONs), especially small interfering RNA (siRNA), are promising therapeutic agents, but their pharmacokinetics and biodistributions are widely unknown. Positron Emission Tomography (PET) using fluorine-18 is a suitable technique to image and quantify such biological processes. The challenge for the radiochemist is to introduce this short half-life isotope (t1/2(18F)=109.7 min) onto oligonucleotides or, more generally, biomolecules. The most common technique requires the coupling of a prosthetic group bearing the radiotracer with the biomolecule. Current methods for labeling ONs with fluorine-18 have sub-optimal yields and require a long synthesis time.1 Click chemistry, e.g. 1,3-dipolar Huisgen cycloaddition of azides to alkynes, could be an efficient way to increase yields and reduce synthesis time. Conjugations with ONs are usually performed at 3’-ends using a well-chosen linker in order to limit degradation by exonucleases and to avoid alteration of hybridization properties and siRNA gene silencing efficiency. This also allows the development of universal solid supports used for the solidphase synthesis of ONs. Here we report the synthesis of three alkyne-bearing linkers , the synthesis and radiosynthesis of the complementary azido-bearing prosthetic groups (1-(azidomethyl)-4-[18F]- fluorobenzene) and coupling with functionalized ONs. [less ▲]

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See detailAutomated radiosynthesis of [18F]MPPF derivatives for imaging 5-HT1A receptors
Goblet, David ULg; Thonon, David ULg; Plenevaux, Alain ULg et al

Poster (2010, May 30)

TOPIC: Molecular Neuroimaging: from Bench to Bedside Automated radiosynthesis of [18F]MPPF derivatives for imaging 5-HT1A receptors Introduction: Dysfunction of the cerebral serotoninergic system is ... [more ▼]

TOPIC: Molecular Neuroimaging: from Bench to Bedside Automated radiosynthesis of [18F]MPPF derivatives for imaging 5-HT1A receptors Introduction: Dysfunction of the cerebral serotoninergic system is implicated in numerous neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer disease’s, dementia, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and Parkinson disease’s. The 5-HT1A serotonin receptors are involved in several physiological functions including sleep, mood, neurogenesis and learning [1]. Consequently, there have been huge efforts in finding ligands for this receptor. [11C]WAY-100635 is a high affinity radioligand used for quantifying serotonin 5-HT1A receptors with positron emission tomography. An 18F-labeled radioligand is advantageous because of higher specific activity and physical/nuclear properties (t1/2= 109 min, 97% of positron decay and positron energy of 635 keV maximum). [18F]MPPF, a selective 5-HT1A antagonist derived from WAY-100635, is currently one of the most successful PET ligand used for 5-HT1A receptor imaging [2]. However the affinity is lower then WAY-100635 and the amount of [18F]MPPF reaching the brain is relatively low since MPPF is a substrate for p-glycoprotein [3]. Methods: In order to improve the brain uptake of the radiotracer, a desmethylated analog has been developed in our lab and preliminary in vitro studies show positive results [4]. Nevertheless, the radiosynthesis take place in two steps as a protecting group removal is needed. A one step procedure with a MPPF derivative could be of very great interest. We have synthesized many MPPF derivatives in our lab (modification on the phenylpiperazine moiety) and developed an automated radiosynthesis procedure for the production of these radiotracers. [18F]MPPF was chosen as the model compound. We used a GE Healthcare FASTlabTM module and made modifications to the [18F]FDG synthesis sequence and cassette. [18F]MPPF was synthesized by coupling of [18F]FBA with the corresponding amine. After coupling, the crude solution was diluted with water and passed through a tC18 cartridge for prepurification. After elution, the [18F]MPPF was purified by semi-preparative HPLC. Results: Total synthesis time, including purification was approximately 100 min. [18F]FBA and [18F]MPPF were obtained at a corrected yield of 55% (n=20) and 25% (n=5) respectively. The radiochemical purity, checked by radio-TLC and UPLC, was >95%. Conclusions: We have developed an automated method for [18F]MPPF and derivatives production using a commercial synthesizer (FASTlabTM from GE Healthcare) and a conventional HPLC system resulting in good yields and high (radio)chemical purity. By simply switching the vial containing the modified amine, an 18F-labeled MPPF derivative could be obtained. Radiosynthesis is still under optimization and the radiotracers synthesized need to be tested as suitable 5-HT1A radioligands. Acknowledgement: This work was supported by the Fondation Rahier. References: [1] Filip M., Bader M. et Al, Pharmacol Rep. 2009 Sep-Oct; 61(5):761-77 [2] Aznavour N, Zimmer L. Et Al, Neuropharmacology. 2007 Mar; 52(3):695-707 [3] Laćan G., Plenevaux A. et Al, Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2008 Dec;35(12):2256-66 [4] Defraiteur C., Plenevaux A. et Al., Br J Pharmacol. 2007 Nov; 152(6):952-8 [less ▲]

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See detail18F labelling of Insulin via click chemistry
Paris, Jérôme ULg; Mercier, Frédéric ULg; Thonon, David ULg et al

Poster (2010, May 27)

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See detailNeural correlates of cognitive control at the item specific level in the Stroop task
Grandjean, Julien ULg; D'Ostilio, Kevin ULg; Fias, Wim et al

Poster (2010, May 04)

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See detailWorking memory load affects chronotype- and time-of-day dependent cerebral activity modulations
Schmidt, Christina ULg; Peigneux, Philippe ULg; Leclercq, Yves ULg et al

in Journal of Sleep Research (2010), 19(Suppl. 2),

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See detailFast Production of Highly Reactive No-Carrier-Added [18F]Fluoride for the Labeling of Radiopharmaceuticals
Lemaire, Christian ULg; Aerts, Joël ULg; Voccia, Samuel et al

in Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English) (2010), 49

The 18F labeling of radiopharmaceuticals requires nearly anhydrous solutions of [18F]fluoride. Aqueous K2CO3 is generally used to elute [18F]fluoride from an anion-exchange resin. Replacing aqueous K2CO3 ... [more ▼]

The 18F labeling of radiopharmaceuticals requires nearly anhydrous solutions of [18F]fluoride. Aqueous K2CO3 is generally used to elute [18F]fluoride from an anion-exchange resin. Replacing aqueous K2CO3 with strong organic bases, such as the phosphazene base P2Et enabled the recovery of highly reactive [18F]fluoride and avoided the azeotropic evaporation of water, which is very difficult on a microchip device. [less ▲]

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See detailFast production of highly concentrated reactive [18F] fluoride for aliphatic and aromatic nucleophilic radiolabelling
Aerts, Joël ULg; Voccia, Samuel; Lemaire, Christian ULg et al

in Tetrahedron Letters (2010), 51

The use of a polymeric solid support loaded with a long alkyl chain quaternary ammonium allows the rapid and efficient recovery of cyclotron produced [18F]F- from [18O]water to a low water content organic ... [more ▼]

The use of a polymeric solid support loaded with a long alkyl chain quaternary ammonium allows the rapid and efficient recovery of cyclotron produced [18F]F- from [18O]water to a low water content organic solution compatible with fast nucleophilic labelling of most precursors for PET radiopharmaceuticals in high yield. [less ▲]

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See detail1,6-AnhMurNAc derivatives for assay development of amidase AmiD.
Mercier, Frédéric ULg; Zervosen, Astrid ULg; Teller, Nathalie et al

in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry (2010), 18(21), 7422-31

Various peptidoglycan fragments were synthesized from two anhydro-muramic acid derivatives protected with a Bn or a PMB group at the 4th position, in homogenate phase or on a solid support. In order to ... [more ▼]

Various peptidoglycan fragments were synthesized from two anhydro-muramic acid derivatives protected with a Bn or a PMB group at the 4th position, in homogenate phase or on a solid support. In order to facilitate HPLC detection, a chromophoric group was attached to the peptide chain. The periplasmic amidase sAmiD of Escherichia coli was used to cleave the amide bond between the lactyl group of the MurNAc and the alpha-amino group of L-Ala where the peptide chain was at least a dipeptide (L-Ala-gamma-D-Glu) amidated by benzylamine on the gamma-carboxyl group of D-Glu. In the presence of a tripeptide chain (L-Ala-gamma-D-Glu-L-Lys) or a tetrapeptide chain (L-Ala-gamma-D-Glu-m-A(2)pm-D-Ala) higher hydrolysis rates were observed. We have also demonstrated that the presence of TNB on the epsilon-amino group of L-Lys only has a small influence on the hydrolysis capacity of sAmiD. [less ▲]

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