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Efficient syntheses of [¹¹C]zidovudine and its analogs by convenient one-pot palladium(0)-copper(I) co-mediated rapid C-[¹¹C]methylation.

Journal of labelled compounds & radiopharmaceuticals (2014-07-06)
Zhouen Zhang, Hisashi Doi, Hiroko Koyama, Yasuyoshi Watanabe, Masaaki Suzuki
ABSTRACT

The nucleosides zidovudine (AZT), stavudine (d4T), and telbivudine (LdT) are approved for use in the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections. To promote positron emission tomography (PET) imaging studies on their pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and applications in cancer diagnosis, a convenient one-pot method for Pd(0)-Cu(I) co-mediated rapid C-C coupling of [(11)C]methyl iodide with stannyl precursor was successfully established and applied to synthesize the PET tracers [(11)C]zidovudine, [(11)C]stavudine, and [(11)C]telbivudine. After HPLC purification and radiopharmaceutical formulation, the desired PET tracers were obtained with high radioactivity (6.4-7.0 GBq) and specific radioactivity (74-147 GBq/µmol) and with high chemical (>99%) and radiochemical (>99.5%) purities. This one-pot Pd(0)-Cu(I) co-mediated rapid C-[(11)C]methylation also worked well for syntheses of [methyl-(11)C]thymidine and [methyl-(11)C]4'-thiothymidine, resulting twice the radioactivity of those prepared by a previous two-pot method. The mechanism of one-pot Pd(0)-Cu(I) co-mediated rapid C-[(11)C]methylation was also discussed.

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