Design, synthesis, and evaluation of cyclofenil derivatives for potential SPECT imaging agents.

Research paper by Hua H Zhu, Liliang L Huang, Yuanqing Y Zhang, Xiaoping X Xu, Yanhong Y Sun, Yu-Mei YM Shen

Indexed on: 03 Mar '10Published on: 03 Mar '10Published in: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry


To develop technetium- and rhenium-labeled nonsteroidal estrogen imaging agents for estrogen receptor (ER) positive breast tumors, two groups of rhenium and technetium cyclofenil derivatives were synthesized and characterized. The binding affinities of the rhenium complexes for ERs were determined. The tricarbonyl rhenium complex showed the highest binding affinity for ERs (81.2 for ERbeta, 16.5 for ERalpha). Tricarbonyl technetium cyclofenil complexes were obtained in high radiochemical purity and radiochemical yields. The results of studies of their octanol/water partition and in vitro stability are presented. These results demonstrate that these radiolabeled cyclofenil derivatives may be considered as potential breast cancer imaging agents.