Sjoerd J. Finnema

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The need for positron emission tomography (PET)-radioligands that are sensitive to changes in endogenous serotonin (5-HT) levels in brain is recognized in experimental and clinical psychiatric research. We recently developed the novel PET radioligand [(11)C]AZ10419369 that is highly selective for the 5-HT(1B) receptor. In this PET-study in three cynomolgus(More)
The 5-HT1B receptor has been implicated in several psychiatric disorders and is a potential pharmacological target in the treatment of depression. Here we report the synthesis of a novel PET radioligand, [11C]AZ10419369 (5-methyl-8-(4-methyl-piperazin-1-yl)-4-oxo-4H-chromene-2-carboxylic acid (4-morpholin-4-yl-phenyl)-amide), for in vivo visualization of(More)
Chemical synapses are the predominant neuron-to-neuron contact in the central nervous system. Presynaptic boutons of neurons contain hundreds of vesicles filled with neurotransmitters, the diffusible signaling chemicals. Changes in the number of synapses are associated with numerous brain disorders, including Alzheimer's disease and epilepsy. However, all(More)
PET measurements of stimulant-induced dopamine (DA) release are typically performed with antagonist radioligands that bind to both the high- and low-affinity state of the receptor. In contrast, an agonist radioligand binds preferentially to the high-affinity state and is expected to have greater sensitivity to DA, which is the endogenous agonist.(More)
This study describes the preliminary positron emission tomography (PET) evaluation of a dopamine D(2)-like receptor agonist, (R)-2-(11)CH(3)O-N-n-propylnorapomorphine ([(11)C]MNPA), as a potential new radioligand for in vivo imaging of the high-affinity state of the dopamine D(2) receptor (D(2)R). MNPA is a selective D(2)-like receptor agonist with a high(More)
UNLABELLED It has been demonstrated in vitro that the dopamine D(2) receptor has 2 interconvertible affinity states for endogenous dopamine, referred to as the high- and the low-affinity states. (11)C-(R)-2-CH(3)O-N-n-propylnorapomorphine ((11)C-MNPA) is a new agonist radioligand for in vivo imaging of the high-affinity state of dopamine D(2) receptors(More)
Ketamine is a unique anesthetic reagent known to produce various psychotic symptoms. Ketamine has recently been reported to elicit a long-lasting antidepressant effect in patients with major depression. Although recent studies provide insight into the molecular mechanisms of the effects of ketamine, the antidepressant mechanism has not been fully(More)
Dopamine (DA) is known to play an important role in numerous brain functions and has been suggested to be involved in several neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders. From early on, positron emission tomography (PET) studies of the DA system have yielded high interest. Currently, several aspects of the functionality of DA neurons can be imaged,(More)
Beta-amyloid accumulation is associated with the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). AZD2184, a new radioligand for high-contrast positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of Abeta-deposits, has recently been developed and characterized in vitro and in rodents ex vivo. The objective of this study was to label AZD2184 with carbon-11, to perform in(More)
Only recently the first successful serotonin 2A (5-HT2A) receptor agonist PET radioligands have been described, with [(11)C]Cimbi-36 reported as the most promising in the pig brain so far. Agonist radioligands may target specifically the G protein-coupled state of the receptors and thereby provide a more meaningful assessment of available receptors than(More)