Specific binding of 3N-(2′-[18F]fluoroethyl)benperidol to primate cerebral dopaminergic D2 receptors demonstrated in vivo by PET

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3N-(2′-[18F]Fluoroethyl)benperidol ([18F]FEB) an 18F-labeled analogue of the D2 antagonist benperidol, was evaluated as a tracer for positron emission tomography (PET). PET imaging of a living baboon showed that the fluorinated ligand rapidly localized in vivo within D2 receptor-rich brain tissue, with selective retention lasting over 2 h after tracer injection. Pretreatment of the animal with unlabeled D2-specific antagonist eticlopride (4 mg/kg, i.v.) 1 h before [18F]FEB completely abolished the selective disposition of the radioligand, whereas the regional cerebral blood flow, blood volume and peripheral metabolism/protein binding of [18F]FEB were not changed. Tracer localization when the baboon was pretreated with unlabeled ketanserin (0.55 mg/kg, i.v.) or SCH 23390 (1.1 mg/kg, i.v.) was identical to that for the control case, indicating that the [18F]FEB did not bind to S2 of D1 receptors in vivo. [18F]FEB has advantages compared to previously used PET tracers, and may be an excellent radioligand for non-invasive study of D2 receptor binding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-100
Number of pages4
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Dec 14 1992


  • 3N-(2′-[F]Fluoroethyl)benperidol
  • D receptor
  • Dopamine
  • Imaging
  • Neurotransmitter receptor
  • Positron emission tomography
  • Receptor binding

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