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Identification of positron emission tomography (PET) tracer candidates by prediction of the target-bound fraction in the brain
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences.
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2014 (English)In: EJNMMI Research, ISSN 2191-219X, Vol. 4, 1-8 p., 50Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background: Development of tracers for imaging with positron emission tomography (PET) is often a time-consuming process associated with considerable attrition. In an effort to simplify this process, we herein propose a mechanistically integrated approach for the selection of tracer candidates based on in vitro measurements of ligand affinity (K-d), non-specific binding in brain tissue (V-u,V-brain), and target protein expression (B-max). Methods: A dataset of 35 functional and 12 non-functional central nervous system (CNS) PET tracers was compiled. Data was identified in literature for K-d and B-max, whereas a brain slice methodology was used to determine values for V-u,V-brain. A mathematical prediction model for the target-bound fraction of tracer in the brain (f(tb)) was derived and evaluated with respect to how well it predicts tracer functionality compared to traditional PET tracer candidate selection criteria. Results: The methodology correctly classified 31/35 functioning and 12/12 non-functioning tracers. This predictivity was superior to traditional classification criteria or combinations thereof. Conclusions: The presented CNS PET tracer identification approach is rapid and accurate and is expected to facilitate the development of novel PET tracers for the molecular imaging community.

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2014. Vol. 4, 1-8 p., 50
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Positron emission tomography, Non-specific binding, Imaging, Receptor occupancy
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Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-260170DOI: 10.1186/s13550-014-0050-6ISI: 000358050900001PubMedID: 26116114OAI: diva2:846522
Available from: 2015-08-17 Created: 2015-08-17 Last updated: 2015-08-17Bibliographically approved

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