Dendritic poly-chelator frameworks for multimeric bioconjugation†
Starting from multifunctional triazacyclononane-triphosphinate chelator cores, dendritic molecules with the ability to bind metal ions within their framework were synthesized. A cooperative interaction of the chelator cages resulted in a markedly increased affinity towards 67/68GaIII. A hexameric PSMA inhibitor conjugate with high affinity (IC50 = 1.2 nM) and favorable in vivo PET imaging properties demonstrated practical applicability. The novel scaffolds are useful for synthesis of structurally well-defined multimodal imaging probes or theranostics.