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Bioorg Med Chem. 2001 Mar;9(3):665-75.

Synthesis of [18F]-labeled EF3 [2-(2-nitroimidazol-1-yl)-N-(3,3,3-trifluoropropyl)-acetamide], a marker for PET detection of hypoxia.

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  • 1Unité de Chimie Organique et Médicinale, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.


[18F]-2-(2-Nitroimidazol-1-yl)-N-(3,3,3-trifluoropropyl)-acetamide ([18F]-EF3) has been prepared, in 65% chemical yield and 5% radiochemical yield, by coupling 2,3,5,6-tetrafluorophenyl 2-(2-nitroimidazol-1-yl) acetate 1 with [18F]-3,3,3-trifluoropropylamine 7. This original radiolabelled key-synthon was obtained in 40% overall chemical yield by oxidative [18F]-fluorodesulfurization of ethyl N-phthalimido-3-aminopropane dithioate 4, followed by deprotection with hydrazine of the resulting [18F]-N-phthalimido-3,3,3-trifluoropropylamine 5. All the process was performed within 90 min, from the [18F]-HF production in the cyclotron to the purification of the final target.

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