Automated radiochemical synthesis and biodistribution of [¹¹C]l-α-acetylmethadol ([¹¹C]LAAM).
Long-acting opioid agonists methadone and l-α-acetylmethadol (LAAM) prevent withdrawal in opioid-dependent persons. Attempts to synthesize [(11)C]-methadone for PET evaluation of brain disposition were unsuccessful. Owing, however, to structural and pharmacologic similarities, we aimed to develop [(11)C]LAAM as a PET ligand to probe the brain exposure of long-lasting opioids in humans. This manuscript describes [(11)C]LAAM synthesis and its biodistribution in mice. The radiochemical synthetic strategy afforded high radiochemical yield, purity and specific activity, thereby making the synthesis adaptable to automated modules.
Sai, KKS; Fan, J; Tu, Z; Zerkel, P; Mach, RH; Kharasch, ED
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