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

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Dominik SummerClemens Decristoforo

Abstract

Among extensive studies on click chemistry the inverse electron-demand Diels-Alder reaction between 1,2,4,5-tetrazine (Tz) and trans-cyclooct-2-en (TCO) has gained increasing attraction 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 clinic though as the increase in blood volume from mice to human seems to be the major limitation. This study aimed 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. For this purpose we utilized the macrocyclic siderophore Fusarinine C (FSC) which allows to conjugate 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-ligands showe...Continue Reading

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