Synthesis of radiolabeled O6-benzylguanine derivatives as new potential PET tumor imaging agents for the DNA repair protein O6-alkylguanine-DNA alkyltransferase

Qi Huang Zheng, Xuan Liu, Xiangshu Fei, Ji Quan Wang, David W. Ohannesian, Leonard C. Erickson, K. Lee Stone, Tanya D. Martinez, Kathy D. Miller, Gary D. Hutchins

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Novel radiolabeled O6-benzylguanine derivatives, 2-amino-6-O-[11C]-[(methoxymethyl)benzyloxy]-9-benzyl purines ([11C]p-O6AMBP, 1a; [11C]m-O6-AMBP, 1b; [11C]o-O6-AMBP, 1c), have been synthesized for evaluation as new potential positron emission tomography (PET) tumor imaging agents for the DNA repair protein, O6-alkylguanine-DNA alkyltransferase (AGT). The appropriate precursors for radiolabeling were obtained in three steps from starting material 2-amino-6-chloropurine with moderate to excellent chemical yields. Tracers were prepared by O-[11C]methylation of hydroxymethyl precursors using [11C]methyl triflate. Pure target compounds were isolated by solid-phase extraction (SPE) purification procedure in 45-60% radiochemical yields (decay corrected to the end of bombardment), and a synthesis time of 20-25 min.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1239-1252
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Labelled Compounds and Radiopharmaceuticals
Issue number14
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002


  • 2-amino-6-O-[C]- [(methoxymethyl)benzyloxy]-9-benzyl purines
  • Carbon-11
  • DNA repair protein
  • O-alkylguanine-DNA alkyltransferase
  • Positron emission tomography
  • Radiolabeled O-benzylguanine derivatives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology

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