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Evaluation of $$^{64}$$Cu-labeled DOTA-$$_{rm D}$$-Phe$$^{1}$$-Tyr$$^{3}$$-octreotide ($$^{64}$$Cu-DOTA-TOC) for imaging somatostatin receptor-expressing tumors

Hanaoka, Hirofumi*; Tominaga, Hideyuki*; Yamada, Keiichi*; Paudyal, P.*; Iida, Yasuhiko*; Watanabe, Shigeki; Paudyal, B.*; Higuchi, Tetsuya*; Oriuchi, Noboru*; Endo, Keigo*

In-111 ($$^{111}$$In)-labeled octreotide has been clinically used for imaging somatostatin receptor-positive tumors, and radiolabeled octreotide analogs for positron emission tomography (PET) have been developed. The aim of this study is to produce and fundamentally examine a $$^{64}$$Cu-labeled octreotide analog, $$^{64}$$Cu-1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid-$$_{rm D}$$-Phe$$^{1}$$-Tyr$$^{3}$$-octreotide ($$^{64}$$Cu-DOTA-TOC). $$^{64}$$Cu-DOTA-TOC can be produced in amounts efficient for clinical study with high radiochemical yield. $$^{64}$$Cu-DOTA-TOC was stable in vitro, but time-dependent transchelation to protein was observed after injection into mice. In biodistribution studies, the radioactivity of $$^{64}$$Cu was higher than that of $$^{111}$$In in all organs except kidney. In tumor-bearing mice, $$^{64}$$Cu-DOTA-TOC showed a high accumulation in the tumors, and the tumor-to-blood ratio reached as high as 8.81 $$pm$$ 1.17 at 6 h after administration. $$^{64}$$Cu-DOTA-TOC showed significantly higher accumulation in the tumor than $$^{64}$$Cu-TETA-OC and $$^{64}$$Cu-DOTA-OC. PET showed a very clear image of the tumor, which was comparable to that of $$^{18}$$F-FDG PET and very similar to that of $$^{64}$$Cu-TETA-OC. $$^{64}$$Cu-DOTA-TOC clearly imaged a somatostatin receptor-positive tumor and seemed to be a potential PET tracer in the clinical phase.

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