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Alpha particles are radiation of high energy and short range, properties that can lead to radiolysis-mediated complications in labeling chemistry at the high radioactivity levels required for clinical application. In previous papers in this series, we have shown that radiation dose has a profound effect on the astatine species that are present in the labeling reaction and their suitability for the synthesis of N-succinimidyl 3-[211At]astatobenzoate. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of adding N-chlorosuccinimide (NCS) to the methanol solution used for initial isolation of 211At after distillation, a process referred to as 211At stabilization, on 211At chemistry after exposure to high radiation doses. High performance liquid chromatography was used to evaluate the distribution of 211At species present in methanol in the 500-65,000Gy radiation dose range and the synthesis of SAB from N-succinimidyl 3-(tri-n-butylstannyl)benzoate in the 500-120,000Gy radiation dose range using different 211At timeactivity combinations under conditions with/without 211At stabilization. In the absence of NCS stabilization, a reduced form of astatine, At(2), increased with increasing radiation dose, accounting for about half the total activity by about 15,000Gy, while with stabilization, At(2) accounted for <10% of 211At activity even at doses >60,000Gy. SAB yields without stabilization rapidly declined with increasing dose, falling to ~20% at about 5000Gy while with stabilization, yields >80% were obtained with 211At solutions stored for more than 23h and receiving radiation doses >100,000Gy. Adding NCS to the methanol solution used for initial isolation of 211At is a promising strategy for countering the deleterious effects of radiolysis on 211At chemistry. This strategy could facilitate the ability to perform 211At labeling at sites remote from its production and at the high activity levels required for clinical applications. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Oscar R Pozzi, Michael R Zalutsky. Radiopharmaceutical chemistry of targeted radiotherapeutics, part 4: Strategies for 211At labeling at high activities and radiation doses of 211At α-particles. Nuclear medicine and biology. 2017 Mar;46:43-49

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