5-(5-(6-[(11)C]methyl-3,6-diazabicyclo[3.2.0]heptan-3-yl)pyridin-2-yl)-1H-indole as a potential PET radioligand for imaging cerebral α7-nAChR in mice.


The radiosynthesis and in vivo evaluation of 5-(5-(6-[(11)C]methyl-3,6-diazabicyclo[3.2.0]heptan-3-yl)pyridin-2-yl)-1H-indole [(11)C]rac-(1), a potential PET tracer for α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (α7-nAChR), are described. Syntheses of the nonradioactive standard rac-1 and corresponding desmethyl precursor 7 were achieved in several reaction steps. Radiomethylation of 7 with [(11)C]CH(3)I afforded [(11)C]rac-1 in an average radiochemical yield of 30 ± 5% (n=5) with high radiochemical purity and an average specific radioactivity of 444 ± 74 GBq/μmol (n=5). The total synthesis time was 30 min from end-of-bombardment. Biodistribution studies in mice showed that [(11)C]rac-1 penetrates the blood-brain barrier and specifically labels neuronal α7-nAChRs.

DOI: 10.1016/j.bmc.2012.04.056

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@article{Gao201255611Cmethyl36diazabicyclo320heptan3yl, title={5-(5-(6-[(11)C]methyl-3,6-diazabicyclo[3.2.0]heptan-3-yl)pyridin-2-yl)-1H-indole as a potential PET radioligand for imaging cerebral α7-nAChR in mice.}, author={Yongjun Gao and Hayden T. Ravert and Heather L. Valentine and Ursula A Scheffel and Paige Finley and Dean F. Wong and Robert F. Dannals and Andrew G. Horti}, journal={Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry}, year={2012}, volume={20 12}, pages={3698-702} }