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Differential uptake of O-(2-18F-fluoroethyl)-L-tyrosine, L-3H-methionine, and 3H-deoxyglucose in brain abscesses

Dagmar Salber, Gabriele Stoffels, Dirk Pauleit, Anna-Maria Oros-Peusquens, Nadim Jon Shah, Peter Klauth, Kurt Hamacher, Heinz Hubert Coenen, Karl-Josef Langen
Journal of Nuclear Medicine 2007, 48 (12): 2056-62
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UNLABELLED: The amino acid O-(2-(18)F-fluoroethyl)-L-tyrosine ((18)F-FET) has been shown to be a useful tracer for brain tumor imaging. Experimental studies demonstrated no uptake of (18)F-FET in inflammatory cells but increased uptake has been reported in single cases of human brain abscesses. To explore this inconsistency, we investigated the uptake of (18)F-FET in comparison with that of L-[methyl-(3)H]methionine ((3)H-MET) and D-(3)H-deoxyglucose ((3)H-DG) in brain and calf abscesses in rats.

METHODS: Abscesses were induced in the brain (n = 9) and calf (n = 5) of Fisher CDF rats after inoculation of Staphylococcus aureus. Five days later, (18)F-FET and (3)H-MET (n = 10) or (18)F-FET and (3)H-DG (n = 4) were injected intravenously. One hour after injection the rats were sacrificed, and the brain or calf muscle was investigated using dual-tracer autoradiography. Lesion-to-background ratios (L/B) and standardized uptake values (SUVs) were calculated. The autoradiograms were compared with histology and immunostaining for glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), CD68 for macrophages, and CD11b for microglia.

RESULTS: (18)F-FET uptake in the area of macrophage infiltration and activated microglia at the rim of the brain abscesses was low (L/B, 1.5 +/- 0.4). In contrast, high uptake was observed for (3)H-MET as well as for (3)H-DG (L/B, 4.1 +/- 1.1 for (3)H-MET vs. 3.1 +/- 1.5 for (3)H-DG; P < 0.01 vs. (18)F-FET). Results for calf abscesses were similar. In the vicinity of the brain abscesses, slightly increased uptake was noted for (18)F-FET (L/B, 1.8 +/- 0.3) and (3)H-MET (L/B, 1.8 +/- 0.4), whereas (3)H-DG distribution was normal (L/B, 1.2 +/- 0.2). Anti-GFAP immunofluorescence showed a diffuse astrocytosis in those areas.

CONCLUSION: Our results demonstrate that there is no accumulation of (18)F-FET in macrophages and activated microglia in experimental brain abscesses, whereas (3)H-MET and (3)H-DG exhibit high uptake in these cells. Thus, the specificity of (18)F-FET for gliomas may be superior to that (3)H-MET and (3)H-DG. Increased (18)F-FET uptake in human brain abscesses appears to be related to reactive astrocytosis.

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