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Structure-Based Design, Optimization, and Development of [F-18]LU13: A Novel Radioligand for Cannabinoid Receptor Type 2 Imaging in the Brain with PET

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The cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2R) is an attractive target for the diagnosis and therapy of neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. In this study, we aimed at the development of a novel 18F-labeled radioligand starting from the structure of the known naphthyrid-2-one CB2R ligands. Compound 28 (LU13) was identified with the highest binding affinity and selectivity versus CB1R (CB2RKi = 0.6 nM; CB1RKi/CB2RKi > 1000) and was selected for radiolabeling with fluorine-18 and biological characterization. The new radioligand [18F]LU13 showed high CB2R affinity in vitro as well as high metabolic stability in vivo. PET imaging with [18F]LU13 in a rat model of vector-based/-related hCB2R overexpression in the striatum revealed a high signal-to-background ratio. Thus, [18F]LU13 is a novel and highly promising PET radioligand for the imaging of upregulated CB2R expression under pathological conditions in the brain.
Journal: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
ISSN: 0022-2623
Issue: 13
Volume: 65
Pages: 9034 - 9049
Publication year:2022