Pretargeted Imaging with Gallium-68-Improving the Binding Capability by Increasing the Number of Tetrazine Motifs

Pharmaceuticals
Dominik SummerClemens Decristoforo

Abstract

The inverse electron-demand Diels-Alder reaction between 1,2,4,5-tetrazine (Tz) and trans-cyclooct-2-ene (TCO) has gained increasing attraction among extensive studies on click chemistry due to its exceptionally fast reaction kinetics and high selectivity for in vivo pretargeting applications including PET imaging. The facile two-step approach utilizing TCO-modified antibodies as targeting structures has not made it into clinics yet. An increase in the blood volume of humans in comparison to mice seems to be the major limitation. This study aims to show if the design of multimeric Tz-ligands by chelator scaffolding can improve the binding capacity and may lead to enhanced PET imaging with gallium-68. We utilized for this purpose the macrocyclic siderophore Fusarinine C (FSC) which allows conjugation of up to three Tz-residues due to three primary amines available for site specific modification. The resulting mono- di- and trimeric conjugates were radiolabelled with gallium-68 and characterized in vitro (logD, protein binding, stability, binding towards TCO modified rituximab (RTX)) and in vivo (biodistribution- and imaging studies in normal BALB/c mice using a simplified RTX-TCO tumour surrogate). The 68Ga-labelled FSC-based Tz...Continue Reading

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May 7, 2020·Molecules : a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry·Dominik SummerClemens Decristoforo
Oct 28, 2020·Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America·Outi KeinänenBrian M Zeglis
Mar 24, 2020·Chemical Reviews·Weijun WeiWeibo Cai

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