N-ω-[18F]fluoroethylketanserin ([18F]FEK), an 18F-labeled analogue of the serotonin S2 antagonist ketanserin, was evaluated for use with positron emission tomography (PET). PET imaging of a baboon brain following injection of [18F]FEK indicated that the fluorinated ligand rapidly localized in vivo within S2 receptor-rich tissues ( frontal cortex cerebellum radioactivity ratio = 2.5 after 15 min), and selective localization was retained for as long as 3 h post injection. Pretreatment with unlabeled ketanserin (15 mg/kg, i.v.) 1 h prior to [18F]FEK completely abolished selective localization of the radiotracer, whereas regional cerebral blood flow, cerebral blood volume, and the free fraction of [18F]FEK in arterial blood were unaltered. [18F]FEK has several advantages compared to previously used PET radiopharmaceuticals, and may be an excellent radioligand for non-invasive evaluation of S2 binding in vivo.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-26
Number of pages4
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 11 1991


  • Imaging
  • Ketanserin
  • N-ω-[F]Fluoroethylketanserin
  • Positron emission tomography
  • S receptor
  • Serotonin


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