Synthesis of new carbon-11 labeled benzoxazole derivatives for PET imaging of 5-HT3 receptor

Mingzhang Gao, Min Wang, Gary D. Hutchins, Qi Huang Zheng

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5-HT3 receptor is an attractive target for the development of therapeutic agents for use in brain, heart and cancer diseases, and imaging agents for use in biomedical imaging technique PET. Benzoxazole derivatives are a novel class of 5-HT3 receptor partial agonists with high binding affinity. Carbon-11 labeled benzoxazole derivatives have been synthesized as new potential PET radioligands for imaging 5-HT3 receptor. The target tracers were prepared by N-[11C]methylation of their corresponding precursors using [11C]CH3OTf and isolated by HPLC purification procedure in 40-50% radiochemical yields, which were decay corrected to the end of bombardment (EOB), based on [11C]CO2. The overall synthesis time was 20-25 min from EOB. The radiochemical purity was >99%, and specific activity was in a range of 74-111 GBq/μmol at the end of synthesis (EOS).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1570-1574
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2008


  • 5-HT receptor
  • Benzoxazole derivatives
  • Carbon-11
  • Imaging
  • PET

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Pharmaceutical Science

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