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Issue 20, 2021

Synthesis and evaluation of 3′-[18F]fluorothymidine-5′-squaryl as a bioisostere of 3′-[18F]fluorothymidine-5′-monophosphate

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Abstract

The squaryl moiety has emerged as an important phosphate bioisostere with reportedly greater cell permeability. It has been used in the synthesis of several therapeutic drug molecules including nucleoside and nucleotide analogues but is yet to be evaluated in the context of positron emission tomography (PET) imaging. We have designed, synthesised and evaluated 3′-[18F]fluorothymidine-5′-squaryl ([18F]SqFLT) as a bioisostere to 3′-[18F]fluorothymidine-5′-monophosphate ([18F]FLTMP) for imaging thymidylate kinase (TMPK) activity. The overall radiochemical yield (RCY) was 6.7 ± 2.5% and radiochemical purity (RCP) was >90%. Biological evaluation in vitro showed low tracer uptake (<0.3% ID mg−1) but significantly discriminated between wildtype HCT116 and CRISPR/Cas9 generated TMPK knockdown HCT116shTMPK−. Evaluation of [18F]SqFLT in HCT116 and HCT116shTMPK− xenograft mouse models showed statistically significant differences in tumour uptake, but lacked an effective tissue retention mechanism, making the radiotracer in its current form unsuitable for PET imaging of proliferation.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and evaluation of 3′-[18F]fluorothymidine-5′-squaryl as a bioisostere of 3′-[18F]fluorothymidine-5′-monophosphate

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Submitted
10 Jan 2021
Accepted
14 Mar 2021
First published
29 Mar 2021

This article is Open Access

RSC Adv., 2021,11, 12423-12433
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Synthesis and evaluation of 3′-[18F]fluorothymidine-5′-squaryl as a bioisostere of 3′-[18F]fluorothymidine-5′-monophosphate

D. Brickute, A. Beckley, L. Allott, M. Braga, C. Barnes, K. J. Thorley and E. O. Aboagye, RSC Adv., 2021, 11, 12423 DOI: 10.1039/D1RA00205H

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