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Metal-Based Drugs
Volume 5, Issue 5, Pages 259-264

In Vitro and In Vivo Behaviour of I111n Complexes of TTHA, TTHA-Bis(Butylamide) and TTHA-Bis(Glucamide): Stability, Biodistribution and Excretion Studied by Gamma Imaging

1Serviço de Biofísica e Biomatemática, Fac. Medicina, Univ. de Coimbra, Portugal
2Departamento de Bioquímica e Centro de Neurociências, Univ. de Coimbra, Portugal
3Lab. of Organic Chemistry and Catalysis, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
4Laboratoire de Synthèse, Physico-Chimie et Radiobiologie, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France

Received 30 April 1998; Accepted 11 May 1998

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Aiming at radiopharmaceutical application, I111n3+ complexes of the polyaminocarboxylates TTHA, TTHA-bis(butylamide) and TTHA-bis(glucamide) were investigated. The in vitro stability of I111n(TTHA)3 and I111n(TTHA-bis(butylamide)- was evaluated by measuring the exchange of I111n3+ from the complexes to transferrin and the results were compared with those for I111n(DTPA)2. We also performed biodistribution studies of the three I111n3+ complexes by gamma-imaging in Wistar rats and by measuring the radioactivity in their organs. TTHA and its derivatives seem to have similar in vivo biodistribution with prevailing renal excretion.