PET imaging of tumours with a 64Cu labeled macrobicyclic cage amine ligand tethered to Tyr3-octreotate

B.M. Paterson, P.D. Roselt, D. Denoyer, C.M. Cullinane, D.S. Binns, W. Noonan, C.M. Jeffery, Roger Price, J.M. White, R.J. Hicks, P.S. Donnelly

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    The use of copper radioisotopes in cancer diagnosis and radionuclide therapy is possible using chelators that are capable of binding CuII with sufficient stability in vivo to provide high tumour-to-background contrast. Here we report the design and synthesis of a new bifunctional chelator, 5-(8-methyl-3,6,10,13,16,19-hexaaza-bicyclo[6.6.6]icosan-1-ylamino) -5-oxopentanoic acid (MeCOSar), that forms copper complexes of exceptional stability by virtue of a cage amine (sarcophagine) ligand and a new conjugate referred to as SarTATE, obtained by the conjugation of MeCOSar to the tumour-targeting peptide Tyr3-octreotate. Radiolabeling of SarTATE with 64CuII, a radioisotope suitable for positron emission tomography (PET), was fast (∼20 min), easily performed at room temperature and consistently resulted in high radiochemical purity (>99%). In vitro and in vivo evaluation of 64CuSarTATE demonstrated its high selectivity for tumour cells expressing somatostatin receptor 2 (sstr2). Biodistribution and PET imaging comparisons were made between 64CuSarTATE and 64Cu-labeled DOTA-Tyr3-octreotate ( 64CuDOTATATE). Both radiopharmaceuticals showed excellent uptake in sstr2-positive tumours at 2 h post-injection. While tumour uptake of 64CuDOTATATE decreased significantly at 24 h, 64CuSarTATE activity was retained, improving contrast at later time points. 64CuSarTATE accumulated less than 64CuDOTATATE in the non-target organs, liver and lungs. The uptake of 64CuSarTATE in the kidneys was high at 2 h but showed significant clearance by 24 h. The new chemistry and pre-clinical evaluation presented here demonstrates that MeCOSar is a promising bifunctional chelator for Tyr3-octreotate that could be applied to a combined imaging and therapeutic regimen using a combination of 64Cu- and 67CuSarTATE complexes, owing to improved tumour-to-non-target organ ratios compared to 64CuDOTATATE at longer time points. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2014.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1386-1396
    Number of pages11
    JournalDalton Transactions
    Issue number3
    Early online date30 Oct 2013
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2014


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