Radiolabeled biomolecules with short half-life times are of increasing importance for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging studies. Herein, we demonstrate an improved and generalized method for synthesizing a [radiometal]-unsaturated aldehyde as a lysine-labeling probe that can be easily conjugated into various biomolecules through the RIKEN click reaction. As a case study, 68 Ga-PET imaging of U87MG xenografted mice is demonstrated by using the 68 Ga-DOTA-RGDyK peptide, which is selective to αV β3 integrins.
Keywords: biomolecules; click chemistry; gallium; positron emission tomography; radiopharmaceuticals.
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