Modular PET Agent Construction Strategy through Strain-Promoted Double-Click Reagent with Efficient Photoclick Step
An efficient modular strategy for rapid assembly of positron emission tomography (PET) agents has been developed. The use of a sequential, rapid, and selective double-click reaction allows for a combinatorial approach to the cross-linking of positron emitter-bearing prosthetic groups with various ligands. The strain-promoted azide alkyne cyclization (SPAAC) coupling of 18F-labeled azide synthon with MC-DIBOD, a cyclooctadiyne with one of the triple bonds caged as a cyclopropenone moiety, produces a stable intermediate. A brief exposure of the latter to 350–420 nm light removes protection of the second triple bond allowing for the addition of an azide-tagged biomolecule. The utility of this strategy has been demonstrated by the construction of several PET agents. The value of modularity was demonstrated in the preparation of PSMA PET agents, where the hydrophilicity was easily modified to improve tumor to background contrast.
Modular PET Agent Construction Strategy through Strain-Promoted Double-Click Reagent with Efficient Photoclick Step Manshu Li, Xinrui Ma, Christopher J. Molnar, Shuli Wang, Zhanhong Wu, Vladimir V. Popik, and Zibo Li Bioconjugate Chemistry 2022 33 (11), 2088-2096 DOI: 10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.2c00427