In vivo characterisation of a therapeutically relevant self-assembling (18) F-labelled β-sheet forming peptide and its hydrogel using positron emission tomography.
AuthorsMorris, Olivia C
Williams, Kaye J
AffiliationWolfson Molecular Imaging Centre, Univ of Manchester
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AbstractPositron emission tomography (PET) and fluorescence labelling have been used to assess the pharmacokinetics, biodistribution and eventual fate of a hydrogel-forming nonapeptide, FEFKFEFKK (F9), in healthy mice, using (18) F-labelled and fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-labelled F9 analogues. F9 was site-specifically radiolabelled with 2-[(18) F]fluoro-3-pyridinecarboxaldehyde ([(18) F]FPCA) via oxime bond formation. [(18) F]FPCA-F9 in vivo fate was evaluated both as a solution, following intravenous administration, and as a hydrogel when subcutaneously injected. The behaviour of FITC-F9 hydrogel was assessed following subcutaneous injection. [(18) F]FPCA-F9 demonstrated high plasma stability and primarily renal excretion; [(18) F]FPCA-F9 when in solution and injected into the bloodstream displayed prompt bladder uptake (53.4 ± 16.6 SUV at 20 minutes postinjection) and rapid renal excretion, whereas [(18) F]FPCA-F9 hydrogel, formed by co-assembly of [(18) F]FPCA-F9 monomer with unfunctionalised F9 peptide and injected subcutaneously, showed gradual bladder accumulation of hydrogel fragments (3.8 ± 0.4 SUV at 20 minutes postinjection), resulting in slower renal excretion. Gradual disaggregation of the F9 hydrogel from the site of injection was monitored using FITC-F9 hydrogel in healthy mice (60 ± 3 over 96 hours), indicating a biological half-life between 1 and 4 days. The in vivo characterisation of F9, both as a gel and a solution, highlights its potential as a biomaterial.
CitationIn vivo characterisation of a therapeutically relevant self-assembling (18) F-labelled β-sheet forming peptide and its hydrogel using positron emission tomography. 2017, 60 (10):481-488 J Labelled Comp Radiopharm
JournalJournal of Labelled Compounds & Radiopharmaceuticals