Quantification of dopamine transporter in human brain using PET with 18F-FE-PE2I

Sasaki T, Ito H, Kimura Y, Arakawa R, Takano H, Seki C, Kodaka F, Fujie S, Takahata K, Nogami T, Suzuki M, Fujiwara H, Takahashi H, Nakao R, Fukumura T, Varrone A, Halldin C, Nishikawa T, Suhara T

J. Nucl. Med. 2012 Jul;53(7):1065-73

PMID: 22689927


UNLABELLED: (18)F-(E)-N-(3-iodoprop-2E-enyl)-2β-carbofluoroethoxy-3β-(4-methylphenyl)nortropane ((18)F-FE-PE2I) is a new PET radioligand with a high affinity and selectivity for the dopamine transporter (DAT). In nonhuman primates, (18)F-FE-PE2I showed faster kinetics and less production of radiometabolites that could potentially permeate the blood-brain barrier than did (11)C-PE2I. The aims of this study were to examine the quantification of DAT using (18)F-FE-PE2I and to assess the effect of radiometabolites of (18)F-FE-PE2I on the quantification in healthy humans.

METHODS: A 90-min dynamic PET scan was obtained for 10 healthy men after intravenous injection of (18)F-FE-PE2I. Kinetic compartment model analysis with a metabolite-corrected arterial input function was performed. The effect of radiometabolites on the quantification was evaluated by time-stability analyses. The simplified reference tissue model (SRTM) method with the cerebellum as a reference region was evaluated as a noninvasive method of quantification.

RESULTS: After the injection of (18)F-FE-PE2I, the whole-brain radioactivity showed a high peak (∼3-5 standardized uptake value) and fast washout. The radioactive uptake of (18)F-FE-PE2I in the brain was according to the relative density of the DAT (striatum > midbrain > thalamus). The cerebellum showed the lowest uptake. Tissue time-activity curves were well described by the 2-tissue-compartment model (TCM), as compared with the 1-TCM, for all subjects in all regions. Time stability analysis showed stable estimation of total distribution volume with 60-min or longer scan durations, indicating the small effect of radiometabolites. Binding potentials in the striatum and midbrain were well estimated by the SRTM method, with modest intersubject variability. Although the SRTM method yielded a slight underestimation and overestimation in regions with high and low DAT densities, respectively, binding potentials by the SRTM method were well correlated to the estimates by the indirect kinetic method with 2-TCM.

CONCLUSION: (18)F-FE-PE2I is a promising PET radioligand for quantifying DAT. The binding potentials could be reliably estimated in both the striatum and midbrain using both the indirect kinetic and SRTM methods with a scan duration of 60 min. Although radiometabolites of (18)F-FE-PE2I in plasma possibly introduced some effects on the radioactivity in the brain, the effects on estimated binding potential were likely to be small.