Fluorinated Proteins as Potential 19F Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy Agents

Vimal D. Mehta, Padmakar V. Kulkarni, Ralph P. Mason, Anca Constantinescu, Peter P. Antich

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Fluorinated proteins have been synthesized and characterized as potential in vivo 19F magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS) agents. Proteins labeled with fluorine include bovine serum albumin, γ-globulin, and purified immunoglobulin (IgG). The amino groups in proteins were selectively trifluoroacetylated using S-ethyl trifluorothioacetate to synthesize fluorinated proteins (TFA-protein; 1–3). In another approach, trifluoroacetamidosuccinic anhydride has been used to prepare corresponding fluorinated derivatives of proteins (TFASA-protein; 4–6). The fluorinated proteins have been purified by exhaustive dialysis and isolated in good yields (55–76%). The fluorinated proteins exhibit useful NMR characteristics and the biocompatibility for in vivo studies. The initial investigations demonstrate the potential of these new fluorinated proteins as in vivo MRI/MRS probes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-261
Number of pages5
JournalBioconjugate Chemistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Organic Chemistry


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