We sought to develop a PET radioligand that would be useful for imaging human brain metabotropic subtype 1 receptors (mGluR1) in neuropsychiatric disorders and in drug development. 4-Fluoro-N-methyl-N-(4-(6-(methylamino) pyrimidin-4-yl)thiazol-2-yl)benzamide (FIMX, 11) was identified as having favorable properties for development as a PET radioligand. We developed a method for preparing [18F]11 in useful radiochemical yield and in high specific activity from [18F]fluoride ion and an N-Boc-protected (phenyl)aryliodonium salt precursor (15). In baseline experiments in rhesus monkey, [18F]11 gave high brain radioactivity uptake, reflecting the expected distribution of mGluR1 with notably high uptake in cerebellum, which became 47% lower by 120 min after radioligand injection. Pharmacological challenges demonstrated that a very high proportion of the radioactivity in monkey brain was bound specifically and reversibly to mGluR1. [18F]11 is concluded to be an effective PET radioligand for imaging mGluR1 in monkey brain and therefore merits further evaluation in human subjects.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Medicinal Chemistry|
|State||Published - Nov 27 2013|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Medicine
- Drug Discovery