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Special Issue "Current Aspects of Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Medicinal Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 January 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Peter Brust

Department of Neuroradiopharmaceuticals, Institute of Radiopharmaceutical Cancer Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Permoserstraße 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany
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Interests: radiotracer development for brain tumor imaging (glioblastoma, brain metastases); neuroimaging of the cholinergic system (nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, vesicular acetylcholine transporter); neuroimaging of second messenger systems (phosphodiesterases 2, 5 and 10); neuroimaging of neuromodulatory processes (sigma and cannabinoid receptors, adenosine signaling); blood-brain barrier transport of radiopharmaceuticals

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is related to recent developments in the field of radiopharmaceutical chemistry.

Positron emission tomography (PET) and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) are in vivo molecular imaging devices which are widely used in nuclear medicine for diagnosis and treatment follow-up of many major diseases. They use biomolecules as probes, which are labeled with radionuclides of short half-lives, synthesized prior to the imaging studies. These probes are called radiopharmaceuticals. Their design and development is a rather interdisciplinary process covering many different disciplines of natural and health sciences. In addition to their diagnostic and therapeutic purposes in the field of nuclear medicine radiopharmaceuticals provide powerful tools for in vivo pharmacology during the process of pre-clinical drug development to identify new drug targets, to investigate the pathophysiology, to discover potential drug candidates, and to evaluate the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs in vivo. Furthermore, they allow molecular imaging studies in various small-animal models of disease, including genetically engineered animals.

All researchers working in the field are cordially invited to contribute original research papers or reviews to this Special Issue of Molecules

Prof. Dr. Peter Brust
Guest Editor

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  • Radiolabelling
  • Radionuclide generators
  • Multimodality imaging probes
  • Carbon-11 chemistry
  • Fluorine-18 chemistry
  • Structure-based radiotracer design
  • Ligand-based radiotracer design
  • Target validation
  • Radiotracer metabolism
  • Neuroimaging
  • Tumor imaging

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Open AccessArticle Synthesis of 11C-Labelled Ureas by Palladium(II)-Mediated Oxidative Carbonylation
Molecules 2017, 22(10), 1688; doi:10.3390/molecules22101688
Received: 25 September 2017 / Revised: 4 October 2017 / Accepted: 4 October 2017 / Published: 10 October 2017
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Positron emission tomography is an imaging technique with applications in clinical settings as well as in basic research for the study of biological processes. A PET tracer, a biologically active molecule where a positron-emitting radioisotope such as carbon-11 has been incorporated, is used
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Positron emission tomography is an imaging technique with applications in clinical settings as well as in basic research for the study of biological processes. A PET tracer, a biologically active molecule where a positron-emitting radioisotope such as carbon-11 has been incorporated, is used for the studies. Development of robust methods for incorporation of the radioisotope is therefore of the utmost importance. The urea functional group is present in many biologically active compounds and is thus an attractive target for incorporation of carbon-11 in the form of [11C]carbon monoxide. Starting with amines and [11C]carbon monoxide, both symmetrical and unsymmetrical 11C-labelled ureas were synthesised via a palladium(II)-mediated oxidative carbonylation and obtained in decay-corrected radiochemical yields up to 65%. The added advantage of using [11C]carbon monoxide was shown by the molar activity obtained for an inhibitor of soluble epoxide hydrolase (247 GBq/μmol–319 GBq/μmol). DFT calculations were found to support a reaction mechanism proceeding through an 11C-labelled isocyanate intermediate. Full article
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