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International Journal of Molecular Imaging
Volume 2012, Article ID 379807, 11 pages
Research Article

64Cu-NODAGA-c(RGDyK) Is a Promising New Angiogenesis PET Tracer: Correlation between Tumor Uptake and Integrin Expression in Human Neuroendocrine Tumor Xenografts

Department of Clinical Physiology, Nuclear Medicine & PET, Rigshospitalet and Cluster for Molecular Imaging, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Received 9 July 2012; Revised 24 August 2012; Accepted 26 August 2012

Academic Editor: Xiaoyuan Chen

Copyright © 2012 Jytte Oxboel et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Purpose. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate a new PET tracer 64Cu-NODAGA-c(RGDyK) for imaging of tumor angiogenesis using gene expression of angiogenesis markers as reference and to estimate radiation dosimetry for humans. Procedures. Nude mice with human neuroendocrine tumor xenografts (H727) were administered 64Cu-NODAGA-c(RGDyK) i.v. for study of biodistribution as well as for dynamic PET. Gene expression of angiogenesis markers integrin , integrin , and VEGF-A were analyzed using QPCR and correlated to the tracer uptake in the tumors (%ID/g). From biodistribution data human radiation-absorbed doses were estimated using OLINDA/EXM. Results. Tumor uptake was 1.2%ID/g with strong correlations between gene expression and tracer uptake, for integrin , integrin and VEGF-A (all ). The whole body effective dose for humans was estimated to be 0.038 and 0.029 mSv/MBq for females and males, respectively, with highest absorbed dose in bladder wall. Conclusion. 64Cu-NODAGA-c(RGDyK) is a promising new angiogenesis PET tracer with potential for human use.