β -[18F]Fluoro Azomycin Arabinoside (β -[18F]FAZA): Synthesis, Radiofluorination and Preliminary PET Imaging of Murine A431 Tumors

Author(s): Piyush Kumar*, Peter Roselt, Gerald Reischl, Carlene Cullinane, Davood Beiki, Walter Ehrlichmann, David Binns, Ebrahim Naimi, Jennifer Yang, Rodney Hicks, Hans-Juergen Machulla, Leonard I. Wiebe.

Journal Name: Current Radiopharmaceuticals

Volume 10 , Issue 2 , 2017

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Background: 1-α-D-(5-Deoxy-5-[18F]fluoroarabinofuranosyl)-2-nitroimidazole([18F] FAZA) is a PET radiotracer that demonstrates excellent potential in imaging regional hypoxia, and is clinically used in diagnosing a wide range of solid tumors in cancer patients. [18F]FAZA, however, is radiofluorinated in only moderate recovered radiochemical yield (rRCY, ~12%). It is postulated that the relative stability of the C1’ β-anomeric bond at C5’ will make 1-β-D-(5-fluoro-5-deoxyarabinofuranosyl)-2-nitroimidazole (β-FAZA), the β-conformer of FAZA, an attractive candidate for clinical hypoxia imaging.

Objectives: The principle goals were to synthesize β-FAZA and β-Ac2TsAZA, the radiofluorination precursor, to establish the radiofluorination chemistry leading to β-[18F]FAZA, and to investigate the biodistribution of β-[18F]FAZA in an animal tumor-bearing model using PET imaging.

Methods: The appropriately-protected furanose sugar was coupled with 2-nitroimidazole to afford 1-β-D-(2,3-di-O-acetylarabinofuranosyl)-2-nitroimidazole (β-Ac2AZA). Fluorination of β-Ac2AZA with DAST, followed by alkaline hydrolysis, afforded β-FAZA (21%). The radiolabeling synthon, 1-β-D-(5-O-toluenesulfonyl-2,3-di-O-acetylarabinofuranosyl)-2-nitroimidazole (β-Ac2TsAZA), on radiofluorination using the 18F/K222 complex under various reaction conditions, followed by base-catalyzed deacetylation, afforded β-[18F]FAZA. β-[18F]FAZA was radiochemically stable for at least 8 h when stored in aqueous ethanol (8%) at 22 °C. A preliminary PET imaging-based biodistribution study of β-[18F]FAZA was performed in A431 tumor-bearing nude mice.

Results: β-FAZA and β-Ac2TsAZA were synthesized in satisfactory yield. Radiochemistry of [18F]FAZA was established. PET images showed strong uptake in hypoxic regions of the tumor.

Conclusion: The synthesis of β-FAZA and β-[18F]FAZA are reported. Radiofluorination of β-Ac2TsAZA and the deprotection of β-Ac2[18F]FAZA were facile, but led to a more complex mixture of radiofluorinated by-products than observed with the corresponding precursor of α-[18F]FAZA. PET images were indicative of hypoxia-selective accumulation of β-[18F]FAZA in tumor.

Keywords: Hypoxia, PET imaging, β-FAZA, β-[18F]FAZA, FAZA, [18F]FAZA

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VOLUME: 10
ISSUE: 2
Year: 2017
Page: [93 - 101]
Pages: 9
DOI: 10.2174/1874471010666170313120540
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