Linjing Mu

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Metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) are G-protein coupled receptors (GPCR), which activate intracellular secondary messenger systems when bound by the physiological ligand glutamate. Modulation of mGluR5s has potential for the treatment of variety of psychiatric and neurological diseases such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and Parkinson's(More)
Early uptake of [(11)C]-Pittsburgh Compound B (ePiB, 0-6 minutes) estimates cerebral blood flow. We studied ePiB in 13 PiB-negative and 10 PiB-positive subjects with mild cognitive impairment (MCI, n = 23) and 11 PiB-positive and 74 PiB-negative cognitively healthy elderly control subjects (HCS, n = 85) in 6 bilateral volumes of interest: posterior(More)
In the search for an optimal fluorine-18-labeled positron emission tomography (PET) radiotracer for imaging metabotropic glutamate receptor subtype 5 (mGluR5), we have prepared a series of five α-fluorinated derivatives based on the ABP688 structural manifold by application of a two-step enolization/NFSI α-fluorination method. Their binding affinities were(More)
The cannabinoid type 2 (CB2) receptor plays an important role in neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease and is therefore a very promising target for therapeutic approaches as well as for imaging. Based on the literature, we identified one 4-oxoquinoline(More)
Cannabinoid receptor subtype 2 (CB2) has been shown to be up-regulated in activated microglia and therefore plays an important role in neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease. The CB2 receptor is therefore considered as a very promising target for therapeutic(More)
(E)-3-(Pyridin-2-ylethynyl)cyclohex-2-enone O-(2-(3-(18)F-fluoropropoxy)ethyl) oxime ([(18)F]-PSS223) was evaluated in vitro and in vivo to establish its potential as a PET tracer for imaging metabotropic glutamate receptor subtype 5 (mGluR5). [(18)F]-PSS223 was obtained in 20% decay corrected radiochemical yield whereas the non-radioactive PSS223 was(More)
Amino acid transport is an attractive target for oncologic imaging. Despite a high demand of cancer cells for cationic amino acids, their potential as PET probes remains unexplored. Arginine, in particular, is involved in a number of biosynthetic pathways that significantly influence carcinogenesis and tumor biology. Cationic amino acids are transported by(More)
Imaging the density of metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGluR5) in brain by positron emission tomography (PET) is of interest in relation to several brain disorders. We have recently introduced [(18) F]PSS232, an F-18-labeled analog of the mGluR5-targeting [(11) C]ABP688. Quantitative PET requires kinetic modeling with an input function (IF) or an(More)
18F radiolabelling of peptides bearing two different prosthetic groups was successfully conducted in a continuous flow microfluidic device for the first time. Radiochemical yields were dependent on precursor concentration, reaction temperature and flow rate. The choice of leaving group had a dramatic influence on the reaction outcome. Rapid reaction(More)
The cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2) is part of the endocannabinoid system and has gained growing attention in recent years because of its important role in neuroinflammatory/neurodegenerative diseases. Recently, we reported on a carbon-11 labeled 4-oxo-quinoline derivative, designated RS-016, as a promising radiotracer for imaging CB2 using PET. In this(More)