Determination of plasma protein binding of positron emission tomography radioligands by high-performance frontal analysis

Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Nahid AminiC Halldin


Positron emission tomography (PET) is an imaging technique based on the use of radioligands labeled with short lived radionuclides, such as (11)C (t½=20.4min) and (18)F (t½=109.8min), which as a consequence often requires rapid plasma protein binding analysis methods. In addition, PET radioligands can suffer from non-specific binding to the membrane when ultrafiltraion, which is the most commonly used method for measuring protein binding in PET, is employed. In this study a high-performance frontal analysis (HPFA) method based on incorporation of a gel filtration column (discovery(®) BIO GFC 100, 50mm×4.6mm, 5μm, 100Å) into a radio-LC system with phosphate buffered saline (PBS, pH 7.4) at a flow rate of 3ml/min as mobile phase was developed and investigated for four PET radioligands. The minimum injection volume (MIV) of plasma, which is a crucial factor in HPFA, was determined to be 200μl (human), 500μl (monkey), 700μl (human) and 1000μl (monkey) for these four radioligands. The MIV values increased as a higher fraction of the radioligand was present in the protein-free form. The protein binding results obtained were in good agreement with ultrafiltration and the method did not suffer from non-specific binding. The short analy...Continue Reading


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