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Ga-68-labeled cyclic RGD dimers with Gly(3) and PEG(4) linkers: promising agents for tumor integrin alpha(v)beta(3) PET imaging

Department of Radiology, Biophysics & Bio-X, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA.
European Journal of Nuclear Medicine (Impact Factor: 4.53). 06/2009; 36(6):947-57. DOI: 10.1007/s00259-008-1045-1
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ABSTRACT Radiolabeled cyclic RGD (Arg-Gly-Asp) peptides have great potential for the early tumor detection and noninvasive monitoring of tumor metastasis and therapeutic response. (18)F-labeled RGD analogs ([(18)F]-AH111585 and [(18)F]Galacto-RGD) have been investigated in clinical trials for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of integrin expression in cancer patients. To develop new RGD radiotracers with higher tumor accumulation, improved in vivo kinetics, easy availability and low cost, we developed two new RGD peptides and labeled them with generator-eluted (68)Ga (t(1/2) = 68 min) for PET imaging of integrin alpha(v)beta(3) expression in tumor xenograft models.
The two new cyclic RGD dimers, E[PEG(4)-c(RGDfK)](2) (P(4)-RGD2, PEG(4) = 15-amino-4,7,10,13-tetraoxapentadecanoic acid) and E[Gly(3)-c(RGDfK)](2) (G(3)-RGD2, G(3) = Gly-Gly-Gly) were designed, synthesized and conjugated with 1,4,7-triazacyclononanetriacetic acid (NOTA) for (68)Ga labeling. The microPET imaging and biodistribution of the (68)Ga labeled RGD tracers were investigated in integrin alpha(v)beta(3)-positive tumor xenografts.
The new RGD dimers with the Gly(3) and PEG(4) linkers showed higher integrin alpha(v)beta(3) binding affinity than no-linker RGD dimer (RGD2). NOTA-G(3)-RGD2 and NOTA-P(4)-RGD2 could be labeled with (68)Ga within 30 min with higher purity (>98%) and specific activity (8.88-11.84 MBq/nmol). Both (68)Ga-NOTA-P(4)-RGD2 and (68)Ga-NOTA-G(3)-RGD2 exhibited significantly higher tumor uptake and tumor-to-normal tissue ratios than (68)Ga-NOTA-RGD2.
Because of their high affinity, high specificity and excellent pharmacokinetic properties, further investigation of the two novel RGD dimers for clinical PET imaging of integrin alpha(v)beta(3) expression in cancer patients is warranted.

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