Shuanglong Liu

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In vivo imaging of αvβ3 has important diagnostic and therapeutic applications. 18F-Galacto-arginine–glycine–aspartic acid (RGD) has been developed for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of integrin αvβ3 expression and is now being tested on humans. Dimerization and multimerization of cyclic RGD peptides have been reported to improve the integrin(More)
PURPOSE To assess the safety, biodistribution, and dosimetric properties of the positron emission tomography (PET) radiopharmaceutical agent fluorine 18 ((18)F) FPPRGD2 (2-fluoropropionyl labeled PEGylated dimeric RGD peptide [PEG3-E{c(RGDyk)}2]), which is based on the dimeric arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD) peptide sequence and targets α(v)β(3)(More)
Various radiolabeled Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) peptides have been previously investigated for tumor integrin αvβ3 imaging. To further develop RGD radiotracers with enhanced tumor-targeting efficacy and improved in vivo pharmacokinetics, we designed a new RGD homodimeric peptide with two PEG4 spacers (PEG4 = 15-amino-4,7,10,13-tetraoxapentadecanoic acid) between the(More)
PURPOSE The ER chaperone GRP78 translocates to the surface of tumor cells and promotes survival, metastasis, and resistance to therapy. An oncogenic function of cell surface GRP78 has been attributed to the activation of the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) pathway. We intend to use a novel anti-GRP78 monoclonal antibody (MAb159) to attenuate PI3K signaling(More)
Positron emission tomography (PET) is a powerful technique for imaging biological pathways in vivo, particularly those that are key targets in disease processes. In contrast, fluorescence imaging has demonstrated to be a superior method for image-guided surgery, such as tumor removal. Although the integration of PET and optical imaging could provide an(More)
UNLABELLED Because islet transplantation has become a promising treatment option for patients with type 1 diabetes, a noninvasive imaging method is greatly needed to monitor these islets over time. Here, we developed an (18)F-labeled exendin-4 in high specific activity for islet imaging by targeting the glucagonlike peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R). METHODS(More)
UNLABELLED The overexpression of gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRPR) in various tumor types suggests that GRPR is an attractive target for cancer imaging and therapy with radiolabeled bombesin analogs. We recently reported the ability of (18)F-labeled RGD-bombesin heterodimer to be used for dual integrin alpha(v)beta(3)- and GRPR-targeted imaging. To(More)
Radiolabeled cyclic RGD (Arg-Gly-Asp) peptides have great potential for the early tumor detection and noninvasive monitoring of tumor metastasis and therapeutic response. 18F-labeled RGD analogs ([18F]-AH111585 and [18F]Galacto-RGD) have been investigated in clinical trials for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of integrin expression in cancer(More)
Radiolabeled RGD (Arg-Gly-Asp) and bombesin (BBN) radiotracers that specifically target integrin alpha(v)beta(3) and gastrin releasing peptide receptor (GRPR) are both promising radiopharmaceuticals for tumor imaging. We recently designed and synthesized a RGD-BBN heterodimeric peptide with both RGD and BBN motifs in one single molecule. The (18)F-labeled(More)
UNLABELLED Abraxane (nanoparticle albumin-bound paclitaxel) is an anticancer drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration. However, the mechanism of action of Abraxane is complex, and no established biomarker is available to accurately monitor its treatment outcomes. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the integrin-specific PET tracer(More)