Journal Article [(18)F]FEBMP: Positron Emission Tomography Imaging of TSPO in a Model of Neuroinflammation in Rats, and in vitro Autoradiograms of the Human Brain.

Tiwari, Anjani  ,  Ji, Bin  ,  Yui, Joji  ,  Fujinaga, Masayuki  ,  Yamasaki, Tomoteru  ,  Xie, Lin  ,  Luo, Rui  ,  Shimoda, Yoko  ,  Kumata, Katsushi  ,  Zhang, Yiding  ,  Hatori, Akiko  ,  Maeda, Jun  ,  Higuchi, Makoto  ,  Wang, Feng  ,  Ming-Rong, Zhang

5 ( 9 )  , pp.961 - 969 , 2015-05
We evaluated the efficacy of 2-[5-(4-[(18)F]fluoroethoxy-2-oxo-1,3-benzoxazol-3(2H)-yl)-N-methyl-N-phenylacetamide] ([(18)F]FEBMP) for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of translocator protein (18 kDa, TSPO). Dissection was used to determine the distribution of [(18)F]FEBMP in mice, while small-animal PET and metabolite analysis were used for a rat model of focal cerebral ischemia. [(18)F]FEBMP showed high radioactivity uptake in mouse peripheral organs enriched with TSPO, and relatively high initial brain uptake (2.67 ± 0.12% ID/g). PET imaging revealed an increased accumulation of radioactivity in the infarcted striatum, with a maximum ratio of 3.20 ± 0.12, compared to non-injured striatum. Displacement with specific TSPO ligands lowered the accumulation levels in infarcts to those on the contralateral side. This suggests that the increased accumulation reflected TPSO-specific binding of [(18)F]FEBMP in vivo. Using a simplified reference tissue model, the binding potential on the infarcted area was 2.72 ± 0.27. Metabolite analysis in brain tissues showed that 83.2 ± 7.4% and 76.4 ± 2.1% of radioactivity was from intact [(18)F]FEBMP at 30 and 60 min, respectively, and that this ratio was higher than in plasma (8.6 ± 1.9% and 3.9 ± 1.1%, respectively). In vitro autoradiography on postmortem human brains showed that TSPO rs6971 polymorphism did not affect binding sites for [(18)F]FEBMP. These findings suggest that [(18)F]FEBMP is a promising new tool for visualization of neuroinflammation.

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