A series of novel β-amyloid (Aβ) aggregate-specific ligands, 2-(4′-dimethylaminophenyl)-6-iodoimidazo[1,2-a]pyridine, 16(IMPY), and its related derivatives were prepared. An in vitro binding study with preformed Aβ aggregates showed that 16(IMPY) and its bromo derivative competed with binding of 2-(4′-dimethylaminophenyl)-6-iodobenzothiazole, [125I]7(TZDM), a known ligand for Aβ aggregates, with high binding affinities (Ki = 15 and 10 nM, respectively). In vitro autoradiography of brain sections of a transgenic mouse (Tg2576) with [125I]16(IMPY) displayed high selective binding to amyloid-like structures, comparable to that observed by staining with thioflavin-S visualized under fluorescence. In vivo biodistribution after an intravenous injection of [125I]16(IMPY) in normal mice showed a high initial brain uptake and fast washout, indicating a low background activity associated with this iodinated ligand. Taken together, the data suggests that [123I]16(IMPY) may be useful for imaging Aβ aggregates in patients with Alzheimer's disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-243
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Medicinal Chemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 16 2003


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