18F-Labelled PSMA-1007 shows similarity in structure, biodistribution and tumour uptake to the theragnostic compound PSMA-617

  • Frederik L. Giesel
  • Jens Cardinale
  • Martin Schäfer
  • Oliver Neels
  • Martina Benešová
  • Walter Mier
  • Uwe Haberkorn
  • Klaus Kopka
  • Clemens KratochwilEmail author
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Prostate Cancer Maximum Intensity Projection Tumour Uptake Carboxylic Acid Group Radionuclide Therapy 
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The biochemical and radiological responses to radionuclide therapy with 177Lu-PSMA-617 targeting prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) make it a promising approach to the treatment of patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) [1]. However, PSMA-617 has been reported to have slower tumour accumulation and clearance kinetics than PSMA-11, and the latter is still therefore the preferred diagnostic agent when labelled with generator-produced 68Ga which has a short half-life (68 min) [2]. A PSMA-targeting 18F-labelled PET tracer could be produced with higher activity in a cyclotron and the half-life (110 min) would allow both late imaging beyond 1 h after injection and shipping to satellite institutions. However, the structure of the currently most-used 18F-labelled PSMA tracer, 18F-DCFPyl, is different from that of PSMA-617, and like PSMA-11 it might be a suboptimal surrogate for stratifying patients according to their suitability for therapy with 177Lu-PSMA-617 [3].

Based on the scaffold of PSMA-617, the novel compound 18F-PSMA-1007 was developed. As shown in the image (a, d), PSMA-1007 shares the Glu-urea-Lys motif targeting the catalytic domain of PSMA and the naphthalene-based linker region considered to cotarget the hydrophobic accessory pocket [4], while in the radiolabel-bearing moiety glutamic acids were added to mimic the carboxylic acid groups of the DOTA chelator to retain the polar charge influencing clearance kinetics.

The image also shows a patient with mCRPC who was staged using 18F-PSMA-1007 (b PET 1 h after injection, maximum intensity projection) and treatment with 177Lu-PSMA-617 (c planar scan 24 h after injection, geometric mean). In analogy to the chemical structure, the uptake in tumour and normal organs is very similar with the two compounds.

Thus, 18F-PSMA-1007 and 177Lu-PSMA-617 seem to be a perfect theragnostic tandem. Due to the preferred physical characteristics of 18F for PET imaging and the possibility for large-scale production in a cyclotron, 18F-PSMA-1007 is also a promising alternative to 68Ga-PSMA-11 for diagnostic purposes. However, non-inferior diagnostic accuracy has still to be proven in a larger cohort.


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Ethical approval

As this is a retrospective case report of a patient in regular clinical care but not a clinical trial, ethical approval was not needed.

Informed consent

Written informed consent for imaging with an experimental tracer and publication of the individual patient history was obtained.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department for Nuclear MedicineUniversity Hospital HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Division of Radiopharmaceutical ChemistryGerman Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)HeidelbergGermany

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