The (Tc(N)(PNP))2+ metal fragment labeled cholecystokinin-8 (CCK8) peptide for CCK-2 receptors imaging: In vitro and in vivo studies

Stefania Agostini, Cristina Bolzati, Eliana Didonè, Mario Cavazza-Ceccato, Fiorenzo Refosco, Luigi Aloj, Claudio Arra, Michela Aurilio, Anna Lucia Tornesello, Diego Tesauro, Giancarlo Morelli

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Abstract

The radiolabeling of the natural octapeptide CCK8, derivatized with a cysteine residue (Cys-Gly-CCK8). by using the metal fragment [99mTc(N)(pNp3)]2+ (PNP3 = N,N-bis(dimethoxypropylphosphinoethyl)methoxyethylaniine) is reported. The [99mTc(N)(NS-Cys-Gly-CCK8)(PNP3)]+ complex was obtained according to two methods (one-step or two-step procedure) that gave the desired compound in high yield. The complex is stable In aqueous solution and in phosphate buffer. In vitro challenge experiments with an excess of cysteine and glutathione indicate that no transchelation reactions occur, confirming the high thermodynamic stability and kinetic inertness of this compound. Stability studies carried out in human and mouse serum, as well as in mouse liver homogenates, show that the radiolabeled compound remains intact for prolonged incubation at 37°C. Binding properties give Kd (19.0 ± 4.6 nmol/1) and Bmax (∼106 sites/cell) values in A431 cells overexpressing the CCK2-R. In vivo evaluation of the compound shows rapid and specific targeting to CCK2-R, a fourfold higher accumulation compared to nonreceptor expressing tumors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-219
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Peptide Science
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007

Keywords

  • CCK8 peptide conjugate
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Tc-nitrido complexes
  • Technetium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Biochemistry

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    Agostini, S., Bolzati, C., Didonè, E., Cavazza-Ceccato, M., Refosco, F., Aloj, L., Arra, C., Aurilio, M., Tornesello, A. L., Tesauro, D., & Morelli, G. (2007). The (Tc(N)(PNP))2+ metal fragment labeled cholecystokinin-8 (CCK8) peptide for CCK-2 receptors imaging: In vitro and in vivo studies. Journal of Peptide Science, 13(4), 211-219. https://doi.org/10.1002/psc.834