Here we report the synthesis and in vitro evaluation of 25 new quinolinyl analogues for α-synuclein aggregates. Three lead compounds were subsequently labeled with carbon-11 or fluorine-18 to directly assess their potency in a direct radioactive competitive binding assay ng both α-synuclein fibrils and tissue homogenates from Alzheimer's disease (AD) cases. The modest binding affinities of these three radioligands toward α-synuclein were comparable with results from the Thioflavin T fluorescence assay. However, all three ligand also showed modest binding affinity to the AD homogenates and lack selectivity for α-synuclein. The structure–activity relationship data from these 25 analogues will provide useful information for design and synthesis of new compounds for imaging α-synuclein aggregation.
- PET radiotracer
- Parkinson's disease
- Quinolinyl analogue
- Thioflavin T fluorescence assay
- α-Synuclein fibrils