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Dicarbonyl cis-[M(CO)2(N,O)(C)(P)] (M = Re, 99mTc) Complexes with a New [2 + 1 + 1] Donor Atom Combination

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Charalampos Triantis, Antonio Shegani, Christos Kiritsis, Myrto Ischyropoulou, Ioanna Roupa, Vassilis Psycharis, Catherine Raptopoulou, Patricia Kyprianidou, Maria Pelecanou, Ioannis Pirmettis, Minas S Papadopoulos

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8354-8363
Number of pages10
Issue number14
Published16 Jul 2018

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The synthesis and characterization of the dicarbonyl mixed ligand cis-[Re(CO)2(quin)(cisc)(PPh3)] complex, 4, where quin is the deprotonated quinaldic acid, cisc is cyclohexyl isocyanide, and PPh3 is triphenylphosphine, is presented. The synthesis of 4 proceeds in three steps. In the first, the intermediate fac-[Re(CO)3(quin)(H2O)] aqua complex 2 is generated from the fac-[NEt4]2[Re(CO)3Br3] precursor, together with the brominated products fac-[Re(CO)3(quinH)(Br)] 1a and fac-[NEt4][Re(CO)3(quin)(Br)] 1b, in low yield. In the following step, replacement of the aqua ligand of complex 2 by the monodentate isocyanide ligand leads to the formation of fac-[Re(CO)3(quin)(cisc)], 3. In the third step replacement of the species trans to the isocyanide carbonyl group of 3 by a phosphine generates complex 4. The Re complexes 2-4 were prepared in high yield and fully characterized by elemental analysis, spectroscopic methods, and X-ray crystallography. At the technetium-99m (99mTc) tracer level, the analogous complexes 3' and 4' were produced in high radiochemical purity, characterized by comparative reverse phase high-performance liquid chromatography and showed high resistance to transchelation by histidine or cysteine. This new [N,O][C][P] donor atom combination with the cis-[M(CO)2]+ core (M = Re, 99mTc) is a promising scaffold for the development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic targeted radiopharmaceuticals.

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