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Semin Nucl Med. 2011 Jul;41(4):300-4. doi: 10.1053/j.semnuclmed.2011.03.001.

Florbetapir f-18: a histopathologically validated Beta-amyloid positron emission tomography imaging agent.

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  • 1Avid Radiopharmaceuticals, Philadelphia, PA.


Florbetapir F-18 is a molecular imaging agent combining high affinity for β-amyloid, pharmacokinetic properties that allow positron emission tomography (PET) imaging within a convenient time after dose administration, and the wide availability of the radionuclide fluorine-18. Florbetapir F-18 is prepared by nucleophilic radiofluorination in approximately 60 minutes with a decay-corrected yield of 20%-40% and with a specific activity typically exceeding 100 Ci/mmol. The florbetapir F-18 dissociation constant (K(d)) for binding to β-amyloid in brain tissue from Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients was 3.7 ± 0.3 nmol/L, and the maximum binding capacity (B(max)) was 8800 ± 1600 fmol/mg protein. Autoradiography studies have shown that florbetapir F-18 selectively binds to β-amyloid aggregates in AD patient brain tissue, and the binding intensity is correlated with the density of β-amyloid quantified by standard neuropathologic techniques. Studies in animals revealed no safety concerns and rapid and transient normal brain uptake (6.8% injected dose/g at 2 minutes and 1.9% injected dose/g at 60 minutes in the mouse). Florbetapir F-18 has been well-tolerated in studies of more than 2000 human subjects. Biodistribution studies in humans revealed predominantly hepatobiliary excretion. The whole body effective dose was 7 mSv from a dose of 370 MBq. The pharmacokinetic of florbetapir F-18 make it possible to obtain a PET image with a brief (10 minutes) acquisition time within a convenient time window of 30-90 minutes after dose administration. Clinical studies have demonstrated a clear correlation between in vivo PET imaging with florbetapir F-18 and postmortem histopathologic quantitation of β-amyloid in the brain.

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