Regional brain kinetics of 6-fluoro-(beta-11C)-L-dopa and (beta-11C)-L-dopa following COMT inhibition. A study in vivo using positron emission tomography.


The regional brain kinetics of (beta-11C)-L-dopa and 6-fluoro-(beta-11C)-L-dopa was measured in six Rhesus monkeys using positron emission tomography (PET). Radioactivity accumulated specifically in the striatal region and the increase in L-dopa-derived radioactivity utilization with time was calculated using surrounding brain as a reference area, this… (More)