Aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase (AAAD) inhibitors as carcinoid tumor-imaging agents: synthesis of 18F-labeled alpha-fluoromethyl-6-fluoro-m-tyrosine (FM-6-FmT).

Abstract

The aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase (AAAD) enzyme is significantly upregulated in neuroendocrine tumors and, thus, would be a good target for PET imaging agents. Alpha-fluoromethyl-DOPA (FMDOPA) is one of the most potent irreversible AAAD inhibitor and its non-catechol derivative, alpha-fluoromethyl-m-tyrosine (FMmT), is a promising AAAD imaging agent… (More)

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