Establishing the production of clinically relevant PET tracers via Ru-mediated 18F-deoxyfluorination

Gonçalo Santos Clemente, dos, Jens Rickmeier, Gert Luurtsema, Tobias Ritter, Philip H. Elsinga


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Background: In the last decade, several strategies emerged for the 18F-fluorination of arenes not amenable to aromatic nucleophilic substitution. However, most struggle to be translated efficiently into daily routine or lack multicenter evaluation. Presumably due to some practical drawbacks initially reported, ruthenium-mediated 18F‑deoxyfluorination has also remained a dormant radiolabeling strategy.  

Aims: To try to overcome some of the practical drawbacks of ruthenium-mediated 18F‑deoxyfluorination that may be preventing this technique from being widely used, an optimized, and straightforward approach was developed. With this, we aim to stimulate a broader application of this strategy to clinically relevant PET tracers throughout radiochemistry laboratories.

Methods: To facilitate [18F]fluoride washing/drying procedures, enhance efficiency, reduce precursor amount, and replace the need for non-commercial additives or different solvent mixtures throughout the radiolabeling process, several modifications to the original report were evaluated. The improved method was then used for 18F-labeling clinically relevant molecules and was easily automated.

Results and Conclusion: The improved procedure overcame previously known hurdles and now allows faster and practical translation to clinical settings. This enhanced method reliably yielded 5‑[18F]fluoro-tryptophan, [18F]atorvastatin, or [18F]MC225 in 28% ± 16% (d.c.) with molar activity up to 100 GBq.µmol-1. Additionally, this procedure showed the possibility of direct fluorination with aqueous [18F]fluoride.
Originele taal-2English
Aantal pagina's2
StatusPublished - 28-aug.-2020
EvenementCarbon, Fluorine and Organohalogen Radiochemistry 2020 - London, United Kingdom
Duur: 26-aug.-202028-aug.-2020


ConferenceCarbon, Fluorine and Organohalogen Radiochemistry 2020
Verkorte titelCAFACHEM2020
Land/RegioUnited Kingdom
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