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AMBA is a bombesin analogue that binds to GRPr. In a mouse model of estrogen-dependent human breast cancer, we tested whether (68)Ga-AMBA can be used for PET detection of GRPr-expressing tumors and could be more accurate than (18)F-FDG to monitor tumor response to hormone therapy. The radiolabeling of (68)Ga-AMBA was automated using a R&D Synchrom module. ZR75-1, a breast cancer cell line, was xenografted in nude mice. (68)Ga-AMBA tumor uptake was compared with that of (18)F-FDG before and after treatment with tamoxifen. AMBA was (68)Ga-radiolabelled in 30min with 95.3% yield and purity≥98%. Prior to treatment, (68)Ga-AMBA was highly concentrated into tumors (tumor to non-tumor ratio=2.4 vs. 1.3 with (18)F-FDG). With tamoxifen treatment (n=6) (68)Ga-AMBA uptake plateaued after 1week and decreased after 2weeks, with a significant reduction compared to controls (n=4). In contrast the effect of tamoxifen treatment could not be appreciated using (18)F-FDG. (68)Ga-AMBA appeared better than (18)F-FDG to visualize and monitor the response to hormone treatment in this breast cancer model. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


A Prignon, V Nataf, C Provost, A Cagnolini, F Montravers, A Gruaz-Guyon, L E Lantry, J N Talbot, A D Nunn. 68)Ga-AMBA and (18)F-FDG for preclinical PET imaging of breast cancer: effect of tamoxifen treatment on tracer uptake by tumor. Nuclear medicine and biology. 2015 Feb;42(2):92-8

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