DOI: 10.1186/s41181-018-0043-2Pages: 1-11

Preparation and preclinical evaluation of a 68Ga-labelled c(RGDfK) conjugate comprising the bifunctional chelator NODIA-Me

1. Medical Center – University of Freiburg, Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg, Department of Nuclear Medicine

2. Inselspital, Bern University Hospital and University of Bern, Department of Nuclear Medicine

3. University of Zurich, Department of Chemistry

Correspondence to:
Mark D. Bartholomä
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We recently developed a chelating platform based on the macrocycle 1,4,7-triazacyclononane with up to three, five-membered azaheterocyclic arms for the development of 68Ga- and 64Cu-based radiopharmaceuticals. Here, a 68Ga-labelled conjugate comprising the bifunctional chelator NODIA-Me in combination with the αvß3-targeting peptide c(RGDfK) has been synthesized and characterized. The primary aim was to evaluate further the potential of our NODIA-Me chelating system for the development of 68Ga-labelled radiotracers.


The BFC NODIA-Me was conjugated to c(RGDfK) by standard peptide chemistry to obtain the final bioconjugate NODIA-Me-c(RGDfK) 3 in 72% yield. Labelling with [68Ga]GaCl3 was accomplished in a fully automated, cGMP compliant process to give [68Ga]3 in high radiochemical yield (98%) and moderate specific activity (~ 8 MBq nmol− 1). Incorporation of the Ga-NODIA-Me chelate to c(RGDfK) 2 had only minimal influence on the affinity to integrin αvß3 (IC50 values [natGa]3 = 205.1 ± 1.4 nM, c(RGDfK) 2 = 159.5 ± 1.3 nM) as determined in competitive cell binding experiments in U-87 MG cell line. In small-animal PET imaging and ex vivo biodistribution studies, the radiotracer [68Ga]3 showed low uptake in non-target organs and specific tumor uptake in U-87 MG tumors.


The results suggest that the bifunctional chelator NODIA-Me is an interesting alternative to existing ligands for the development of 68Ga-labelled radiopharmaceuticals.

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  • Accepted: Apr 10, 2018
  • Online: May 2, 2018

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