Fully automated synthesis system of 3'-deoxy-3'-[18F]fluorothymidine

Seung Jun Oh, Christoph Mosdzianowski, Dae Yoon Chi, Jung Young Kim, Se Hun Kang, Jin Sook Ryu, Jeong Seok Yeo, Dae Hyuk Moon
Nuclear Medicine and Biology 2004, 31 (6): 803-9
We developed a new fully automated method for the synthesis of 3'-deoxy-3'-[18F]fluorothymidine ([18F]FLT), by modifying a commercial FDG synthesizer and its disposable fluid pathway. Optimal labeling condition was that 40 mg of precursor in acetonitrile (2 mL) was heated at 150 degrees C for 100 sec, followed by heating at 85 degrees C for 450 sec and hydrolysis with 1 N HCl at 105 degrees C for 300 sec. Using 3.7 GBq of [18F]F- as starting activity, [18F]FLT was obtained with a yield of 50.5 +/- 5.2% (n = 28, decay corrected) within 60.0 +/- 5.4 min including HPLC purification. With 37.0 GBq, we obtained 48.7 +/- 5.6% (n = 10). The [18F]FLT showed the good stability for 6 h. This new automated synthesis procedure combines high and reproducible yields with the benefits of a disposable cassette system.

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