Positron labeled antioxidants: Synthesis and tissue biodistribution of 6-deoxy-6-[18F]fluoro-l-ascorbic acid

Fumihiko Yamamoto, Shigeki Sasaki, Minoru Maeda

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A one-pot synthesis of 6-deoxy-6-[18F]fluoro-l-ascorbic acid (18F-DFA) has been developed via nucleophilic displacement of a cyclic sulfate with no-carrier-added [18F]fluoride ion. Isolated radiochemical yields of around 15% were obtained with radiochemical purity of over 99% after overall synthesis time of 90 min. Tissue distribution studies with 18F-DFA in rats showed high uptake of radioactivity in the adrenals, kidneys, liver and small intestine-organs known to have high concentrations of l-ascorbic acid. The slow and low uptake of radioactivity in the brain was observed between 10 and 120 min after i.v. injection. In vivo behavior of 18F-DFA in mice bearing 3-methylcholanthrene-induced fibrosarcoma demonstrated its ability to accumulate in the tumor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)633-639
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Radiation Applications and Instrumentation. Part
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiation
  • Engineering(all)

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