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Details for Patent: 5,985,241

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Details for Patent: 5,985,241

Title: Peptide-metal chelate conjugate complexes
Abstract:This invention relates to diagnostic and radiodiagnostic agents, including radiolabeled scintigraphic imaging agents, and therapeutic and radiotherapeutic agents. The invention provides such agents and reagents for preparing such agents, and methods for producing and using such reagents. Specifically, the invention provides radiolabeled imaging agents and non-radioactively labeled imaging agents for imaging sites in a mammalian body and reagents for preparing these imaging agents. The invention also provides radiolabeled therapeutic agents, as well as non-radioactively labeled therapeutic agents, and reagents and methods for preparing these agents. The agents and reagents provided comprise a specific binding peptide, covalently linked to a metal ion-complexing moiety. Reagents, methods and kits for making such reagents, methods for labeling such reagents, and methods for using such labeled reagents are provided.
Inventor(s): Dean; Richard T. (Bedford, NH)
Assignee: Diatide, Inc. (Londonderry, NH)
Filing Date:Mar 13, 1998
Application Number:09/042,315
Claims:1. A complex formed by reacting technetium-99m with a somatostatin receptor-binding peptide having a formula:

wherein X is a metal ion complexing moiety having formula

wherein B is a thiol-containing moiety that is cysteine, homocysteine, isocysteine, or penicillamine;

(amino acid).sub.n and (amino acid).sub.m are each independently any primary .alpha.- or .beta.-amino acid that does not comprise a thiol group;

Z is --OH or --NH.sub.2 ;

n is an integer between 2 and 5; and

m is an integer between 0 and 5;

in the presence of a reducing agent.

2. The complex of claim 1, wherein the reducing agent is a stannous ion.

3. A complex formed by ligand exchange of a prereduced technetium-99m complex with a somatostatin receptor-binding peptide having a formula:

wherein X is a metal ion complexing moiety having formula

wherein B is a thiol-containing moiety that is cysteine, homocysteine, isocysteine, or penicillamine;

(amino acid).sub.n and (amino acid).sub.m are each independently any primary .alpha.- or .beta.-amino acid that does not comprise a thiol group;

Z is --OH or --NH.sub.2 ;

n is an integer between 2 and 5; and

m is an integer between 0 and 5.

4. A complex formed by reacting technetium-99m with a somatostatin receptor-binding peptide having a formula:

in the presence of a reducing agent.

5. The complex of claim 4, wherein the reducing agent is a stannous ion.

6. A complex formed by ligand exchange of a prereduced technetium-99m complex with a somatostatin receptor-binding peptide having a formula:
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