Boronated dipeptide borotrimethylglycylphenylalanine as a potential boron carrier in boron neutron capture therapy for malignant brain tumors

Radiat Res. 2001 Jul;156(1):118-22. doi: 10.1667/0033-7587(2001)156[0118:bdbaap];2.


Takagaki, M., Ono, K., Masunaga, S-I., Kinashi, Y., Oda, Y., Miyatake, S-I., Hashimoto, N., Powell, W., Sood, A. and Spielvogel, B. F. Boronated Dipeptide Borotrimethylglycylphenylalanine as a Potential Boron Carrier in Boron Neutron Capture Therapy for Malignant Brain Tumors. Radiat. Res. 156, 118-122 (2001).A boronated dipeptide, borotrimethylglycylphenylalanine (BGPA), was synthesized as a possible boron carrier for boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) for malignant brain tumors. In vitro, at equal concentrations of (10)B in the extracellular medium, BGPA had the same effect in BNCT as p-boronophenylalanine (BPA). Boron analysis was carried out using prompt gamma-ray spectrometry and track-etch autoradiography. The tumor:blood and tumor:normal brain (10)B concentration ratios were 8.9 +/- 2.1 and 3.0 +/- 1.2, respectively, in rats bearing intracranial C6 gliosarcomas using alpha-particle track autoradiography. The IC(50), i.e. the dose capable of inhibiting the growth of C6 gliosarcoma cells by 50% after 3 days of incubation, was 5.9 x 10(-3) M BGPA, which is similar to that of 6.4 x 10(-3) M for BPA. The amide bond of BGPA is free from enzymatic attack, since it is protected from hydrolysis by the presence of a boron atom at the alpha-carbon position of glycine. These results suggest promise for the use of this agent for BNCT of malignant brain tumors. Further preclinical studies of BGPA are warranted, since BGPA has advantages over both BPA and BSH.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alanine / administration & dosage*
  • Alanine / analogs & derivatives
  • Animals
  • Autoradiography
  • Boron Compounds / administration & dosage*
  • Boron Compounds / radiation effects
  • Boron Neutron Capture Therapy / methods*
  • Brain / drug effects
  • Brain / pathology
  • Brain / radiation effects
  • Brain Neoplasms / chemistry
  • Brain Neoplasms / pathology
  • Brain Neoplasms / radiotherapy*
  • Cell Division / radiation effects
  • Cell Survival / radiation effects
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Radiation
  • Fructose / administration & dosage
  • Fructose / analogs & derivatives*
  • Gliosarcoma / chemistry
  • Gliosarcoma / pathology
  • Gliosarcoma / radiotherapy*
  • Inhibitory Concentration 50
  • Male
  • Neoplasm Transplantation
  • Neutrons
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured


  • 4-boronophenylalanine-fructose
  • Boron Compounds
  • borotrimethylglycylphenylalanine
  • Fructose
  • Alanine