New Gastrin Releasing Peptide Receptor-Directed [Tc]Demobesin 1 Mimics: Synthesis and Comparative Evaluation.

Nock, Berthold A; Charalambidis, David; Sallegger, Werner; Waser, Beatrice; Mansi, Rosalba; Nicolas, Guillaume P; Ketani, Eleni; Nikolopoulou, Anastasia; Fani, Melpomeni; Reubi, Jean-Claude; Maina, Theodosia (2018). New Gastrin Releasing Peptide Receptor-Directed [Tc]Demobesin 1 Mimics: Synthesis and Comparative Evaluation. Journal of medicinal chemistry, 61(7), pp. 3138-3150. American Chemical Society 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.8b00177

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We have previously reported on the gastrin releasing peptide receptor (GRPR) antagonist [Tc]1, ([Tc]demobesin 1, Tc-[N'-diglycolate-dPhe,Leu-NHEt]BBN(6-13)). [Tc]1 has shown superior biological profile compared to analogous agonist-based Tc-radioligands. We herein present a small library of [Tc]1 mimics generated after structural modifications in (a) the linker ([Tc]2, [Tc]3, [Tc]4), (b) the peptide chain ([Tc]5, [Tc]6), and (c) the C-terminus ([Tc]7 or [Tc]8). The effects of above modifications on the biological properties of analogs were studied in PC-3 cells and tumor-bearing SCID mice. All analogs showed subnanomolar affinity for the human GRPR, while most receptor-affine 4 and 8 behaved as potent GRPR antagonists in a functional internalization assay. In mice bearing PC-3 tumors, [Tc]1-[Tc]6 exhibited GRPR-specific tumor uptake, rapidly clearing from normal tissues. [Tc]4 displayed the highest tumor uptake (28.8 ± 4.1%ID/g at 1 h pi), which remained high even after 24 h pi (16.3 ± 1.8%ID/g), well surpassing that of [Tc]1 (5.4 ± 0.7%ID/g at 24 h pi).

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Pathology

UniBE Contributor:

Reubi-Kattenbusch, Jean-Claude


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




American Chemical Society




Christa Hagert

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04 Dec 2018 11:45

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05 Dec 2019 09:43

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