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PET/PDT theranostics: Synthesis and biological evaluation of a peptide-targeted gallium porphyrin

Bryden, Francesca; Savoie, Huguette; Rosca, Elena V.; Boyle, Ross W.


Francesca Bryden

Huguette Savoie

Elena V. Rosca


The development of novel theranostic agents is an important step in the pathway towards personalised medicine, with the combination of diagnostic and therapeutic modalities into a single treatment agent naturally lending itself to the optimisation and personalisation of treatment. In pursuit of the goal of a molecular theranostic suitable for use as a PET radiotracer and a photosensitiser for PDT, a novel radiolabelled peptide–porphyrin conjugate targeting the α6β1-integrin has been developed. 69/71Ga and 68Ga labelling of an azide-functionalised porphyrin has been carried out in excellent yields, with subsequent bioconjugation to an alkyne-functionalised peptide demonstrated. α6β1-integrin expression of two cell lines has been evaluated by flow cytometry, and therapeutic potential of the conjugate demonstrated. Evaluation of the phototoxicity of the porphyrin–peptide theranostic conjugate in comparison to an untargeted control porphyrin in vitro, demonstrated significantly enhanced activity for a cell line with higher α6β1-integrin expression when compared with a cell line exhibiting lower α6β1-integrin expression.


Bryden, F., Savoie, H., Rosca, E. V., & Boyle, R. W. (2015). PET/PDT theranostics: Synthesis and biological evaluation of a peptide-targeted gallium porphyrin. Dalton Transactions : an international journal of inorganic chemistry, 44(11), 4925-4932.

Acceptance Date Nov 10, 2014
Publication Date Mar 21, 2015
Deposit Date Sep 29, 2015
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2017
Journal Dalton transactions
Print ISSN 1477-9226
Electronic ISSN 1477-9234
Publisher Royal Society of Chemistry
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 44
Issue 11
Pages 4925-4932
Keywords Theranostics, Porphyrin, PET, PDT
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Additional Information Author's accepted manuscript of article published in: Dalton transactions, 2015, v.44, issue 11. This article is part of themed collection: Dalton Discussion 15: Metal ions in medical imaging.


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