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(11)EP 2 598 175 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
20.05.2020 Bulletin 2020/21

(21)Application number: 11741553.9

(22)Date of filing:  27.07.2011
(51)Int. Cl.: 
A61K 51/04  (2006.01)
A61K 103/10  (2006.01)
A61K 51/08  (2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/EP2011/062897
(87)International publication number:
WO 2012/013701 (02.02.2012 Gazette  2012/05)

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RADIOPHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITIONS

RADIOPHARMAZEUTISCHE ZUSAMMENSETZUNGEN

COMPOSITIONS RADIOPHARMACEUTIQUES


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 27.07.2010 US 367992 P

(43)Date of publication of application:
05.06.2013 Bulletin 2013/23

(73)Proprietor: Serac Healthcare Limited
Thames Ditton, Surrey KT7 0QQ (GB)

(72)Inventor:
  • BARNETT, David, Jonathan
    Hertfordshire SG2 7QG (GB)

(74)Representative: Salmon, Victoria Beatrice 
The IP Asset Partnership Limited Prama House 267 Banbury Road
Oxford OX2 7HT
Oxford OX2 7HT (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-2004/037297
WO-A2-01/97862
WO-A1-2004/037297
WO-A2-03/006491
  
  • AXELSSON R ET AL: "An open-label, multicenter, phase 2a study to assess the feasibility of imaging metastases in late-stage cancer patients with the alpha v beta 3-selective angiogenesis imaging agent 99mTc-NC100692", ACTA RADIOLOGICA (STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN : 1987) FEB 2010,, vol. 51, no. 1, 1 February 2010 (2010-02-01), pages 40-46, XP002761485, ISSN: 1600-0455
  • EDWARDS ET AL.: NUCL.MED.BIOL., vol. 35, 2008, pages 365-375,
  
Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


Description

Field of the Invention.



[0001] The present invention relates to 99mTc-maraciclatide radiopharmaceutical compositions, which are stabilised with a radioprotectant. Also described are kits for the preparation of the radiopharmaceutical compositions, as well as methods of preparing such compositions from the kit. The invention also includes methods of imaging the mammalian body using the radiopharmaceutical compositions.

Background to the Invention.



[0002] 99mTc-maraciclatide is the recommended INN (USA Approved Name) for 99mTc-NC100692. 99mTc-NC100692 has been described in both patents and publications, as a radiopharmaceutical which targets integrin receptors in vivo.

[0003] WO 03/006491 discloses compounds of Formula (I):

or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof
wherein:

G represents glycine

D represents aspartic acid

R1 represents -(CH2)n- or -(CH2)n-C6H4- wherein

n represents a positive integer 1 to 10,

h represents a positive integer 1 or 2,

X1 represents an amino acid residue wherein said amino acid possesses a functional side-chain such as an acid or amine,

X2 and X4 represent independently an amino acid residue capable of forming a disulfide bond,

X3 represents arginine, N-methylarginine or an arginine mimetic,

X5 represents a hydrophobic amino acid or derivatives thereof,

X6 represents a thiol-containing amino acid residue,

X7 is absent or represents a biomodifier moiety,

Z1 represents an anti-neoplastic agent, a chelating agent or a reporter moiety and

W1 is absent or represents a spacer moiety.



[0004] WO 03/006491 discloses that a preferred chelating moiety has the formula shown, and includes 99mTc complexes of said chelator conjugate of Formula I therein:



[0005] WO 03/006491 does not disclose kits.

[0006] Edwards et al [Nucl.Med.Biol., 35, 365-375 (2008)] disclose that 99mTc-maraciclatide (99mTc-NC100692) can be prepared from a kit. Edwards et al state that each lyophilised kit contains approximately 44 nmol maraciclatide (NC100692), plus a number of excipients including buffer, stannous reducing agent and methylene diphosphonic acid (present as a Sn2+ solubiliser). Edwards et al report that the radiochemical purity (RCP) of each reconstituted kit was determined at 20 minutes post reconstitution, and was found to be at least 90%. The RCP was found to be stable over the period that the reconstituted kits were used. Edwards et al do not teach or suggest the use of a radioprotectant such as para-amino benzoic acid in the kits or compositions therein.

[0007] Axelsson et al [Acta Radiol., 51, 40-46 (2010)] describe a phase 2a clinical study with 99mTc-NC100692 in late-stage cancer patients. Axelsson et al mention that any known allergy to an excipient such as para-amino benzoic acid would represent a patient exclusion criterion, but explicitly use the kit of Edwards et al in their study, which has no such excipient (as described above).

The Present Invention.



[0008] Technetium-99m (99mTc) is a radioisotope which decays with a half-life of 6.02 hours to technetium-99 (99Tc). The radioactive decay is accompanied by the emission of a gamma ray with an energy that is near ideal for medical imaging with a modern gamma-camera. The decay product, 99Tc, is also radioactive and decays by β-emission with a half-life of 2.1 x 105 years (to the stable isotope 99Ru), but the radioactive emissions from 99Tc are insufficient for medical imaging.

[0009] Conventional 99mTc "generators" comprise the radioisotope 99Mo, which decays with a half-life of 66.2 hours. The chemical form of the technetium eluted from such a generator is 99mTc-pertechnetate. About 86% of 99Mo decays result in the production of 99mTc, however ca. 14% of 99Mo decays result in the direct production of 99Tc. Therefore, if a 99mTc generator is eluted a very short time after the previous elution, the 99mTc content will be low but will be about 86% of the total technetium content. As time passes since the previous elution of the generator, 99Tc is being produced both from 99Mo and from the decay of 99mTc to 99Tc. Consequently, as the time interval between generator elutions increases, the 99Tc/99mTc ratio increases. The 99Tc and 99mTc technetium isotopes are chemically identical, and consequently any radiopharmaceutical preparation must be able to cope with a wide range of 99Tc chemical content in the eluate in order to be able to function effectively over the usable lifetime of the generator. It is also the case that elutions made with a fresh 99mTc generator are likely to have a higher radioactive concentration, and thus have a higher concentration of reactive free radicals arising from radiolysis of the solvent (water). A viable 99mTc radiopharmaceutical preparation thus needs to be able to provide satisfactory RCP performance even when such reactive free radicals are present. These characteristics of the 99mTc generator are illustrated in most radiochemistry or nuclear chemistry textbooks, and the problems that different eluate properties can give to the performance of 99mTc kits have been described by Saha, G. B. "Radiopharmaceuticals and Methods of Radiolabeling"; Chapter 6 (pages 80-108) in Fundamentals of Nuclear Pharmacy (3rd Edn.).

[0010] The present inventors have found that the Maraciclatide kit reported by Edwards et al (above) suffers from various problems not previously recognised in the prior art:
  1. (i) relatively low initial RCP post-reconstitution of the kit with 99mTc-pertechnetate;
  2. (ii) insufficient post-reconstitution stability;
  3. (iii) the need to store and ship the kit at -15 to -20°C to maintain kit stability and performance;
  4. (iv) only a single patient dose being obtainable from the kit.


[0011] The present invention provides improved 99mTc-maraciclatide radiopharmaceutical compositions which exhibit more reproducible initial radiochemical purity (RCP) and improved stability post-reconstitution, so that an RCP of 85 to 90% is maintained at 6 hours post-reconstitution. The problem of unsatisfactory RCP for 99mTc-maraciclatide preparations under certain conditions of radioactivity levels, radioactive concentrations or reconstitution volumes was not recognised in the prior art. Such conditions are those that could arise under normal conditions of use of a commercial radionuclide generator, such as a 99mTc generator.

[0012] Berger [Int.J.Appl.Rad.Isotop., 33, 1341-1344 (1982)] discloses that a wide range of antioxidants can be used to stabilise 99mTc- radiopharmaceuticals. Methylene Blue and ascorbic acid have since been highlighted as particularly suitable stabilisers [Weisner et al, Eur.J.Nucl.Med., 20, 661-666 (1993) and Liu et al, Bioconj.Chem., 14(4), 1052-1056 (2003)].

[0013] The present inventors have also established that the well-known radioprotectant ascorbic acid/ascorbate actually has a deleterious effect on the RCP of 99mTc-maraciclatide. A further known radioprotectant gentisic acid caused discolouration problems which negated its use in the present composition. The present invention provides compositions comprising a radioprotectant which solve this previously unrecognised problem. The kits of the present invention have the advantages of: higher initial RCP; more robust RCP over longer time periods post-reconstitution; compatibility with various commercial 99mTc radiopharmaceutical generators and under a range of elution conditions; the facility to obtain two patient doses per kit (i.e. to reconstitute successfully with higher levels of radioactivity); adequate stability to be stored and shipped at fridge (+5 ±3 °C) rather than freezer temperature (-10 to - 20 °C) and kit shelf-life stability of at least 3 years.

Detailed Description of the Invention.



[0014] In a first aspect, the present invention provides a radiopharmaceutical composition which comprises:
  1. (i) 99mTc-maraciclatide;
  2. (ii) a radioprotectant chosen from para-aminobenzoic acid or a salt thereof with a biocompatible cation;
in a biocompatible carrier in a form suitable for mammalian administration.

[0015] The term "maraciclatide" refers to the compound known in the scientific literature as NC100692 [D.Edwards et al, Nucl.Med.Biol., 35, 365-375 (2008)]. The chemical name is: 1,5-pentanedioic acid-(5-[2-hydroxyimino-1,1-dimethyl-propylamino]-3-(2-[2-hydroxyimido-1, 1-dimethyl-propylamino]-ethyl)-pentyl)-amide 5-[13-benzyl-19-carboxymethyl-25-(3-guanidino-propyl)-10-(4,7,10,16-tetraoxa-14,18-dioxo-1,13,19-triazanonadecyl)-carbamoyl-3,6,12,15,18,21,24,27-octaoxo-8,29,30-trithia-2,5,11, 14, 17,20,23,26-octaaza-bicyclo[14.11A]hentriacont-4-yl] pentyl-amide. The chemical structure of maraciclatide is as follows:



[0016] Maraciclatide can be used in the free base form, or in the salt form (eg. the trifluoroacetate).
The term "radiopharmaceutical" has its conventional meaning, and refers to a radioactive compound suitable for in vivo mammalian administration for use in diagnosis or therapy.

[0017] By the term "radioprotectant" is meant a compound which inhibits degradation reactions, such as redox processes, by trapping highly-reactive free radicals, such as oxygen-containing free radicals arising from the radiolysis of water. The radioprotectant of the present invention is suitably chosen from para-aminobenzoic acid (i.e. 4-aminobenzoic acid) and salts thereof with a biocompatible cation. These radioprotectants are commercially available, including in pharmaceutical grade purity. Preferably, pharmaceutical grade material is used.

[0018] By the term "biocompatible cation" (Bc) is meant a positively charged counterion which forms a salt with an ionised, negatively charged group, where said positively charged counterion is also non-toxic and hence suitable for administration to the mammalian body, especially the human body. Examples of suitable biocompatible cations include: the alkali metals sodium or potassium; the alkaline earth metals calcium and magnesium; and the ammonium ion. Preferred biocompatible cations are sodium and potassium, most preferably sodium.

[0019] The "biocompatible carrier" is a fluid, especially a liquid, in which the radiopharmaceutical can be suspended or preferably dissolved, such that the composition is physiologically tolerable, i.e. can be administered to the mammalian body without toxicity or undue discomfort. The biocompatible carrier is suitably an injectable carrier liquid such as sterile, pyrogen-free water for injection; an aqueous solution such as saline (which may advantageously be balanced so that the final product for injection is isotonic); an aqueous buffer solution comprising a biocompatible buffering agent (e.g. phosphate buffer); an aqueous solution of one or more tonicity-adjusting substances (eg. salts of plasma cations with biocompatible counterions), sugars (e.g. glucose or sucrose), sugar alcohols (eg. sorbitol or mannitol), glycols (eg. glycerol), or other non-ionic polyol materials (eg. polyethyleneglycols, propylene glycols and the like). Preferably the biocompatible carrier is pyrogen-free water for injection, isotonic saline or phosphate buffer.

[0020] By the phrase "in a form suitable for mammalian administration" is meant a composition which is sterile, pyrogen-free, lacks compounds which produce toxic or adverse effects, and is formulated at a biocompatible pH (approximately pH 4.0 to 10.5, preferably 6.5 to 9.5 for the agents of the present invention) and physiologically compatible osmolality. Such compositions lack particulates which could risk causing emboli in vivo, and are formulated so that precipitation does not occur on contact with biological fluids (e.g. blood). Such compositions also contain only biologically compatible excipients, and are preferably isotonic.

[0021] Preferably, the mammal is an intact mammalian body in vivo, and is more preferably a human subject. Preferably, the radiopharmaceutical can be administered to the mammalian body in a minimally invasive manner, i.e. without a substantial health risk to the mammalian subject even when carried out under professional medical expertise. Such minimally invasive administration is preferably intravenous administration into a peripheral vein of said subject, without the need for local or general anaesthetic.

[0022] The term "comprising" has its conventional meaning throughout this application and implies that the composition must have the components listed, but that other, unspecified compounds or species may be present in addition. The term 'comprising' includes as a preferred subset "consisting essentially of' which means that the composition has the components listed without other compounds or species being present.

[0023] The radiopharmaceutical composition may contain additional optional excipients such as: an antimicrobial preservative, pH-adjusting agent, filler, solubiliser or osmolality adjusting agent.

[0024] By the term "antimicrobial preservative" is meant an agent which inhibits the growth of potentially harmful micro-organisms such as bacteria, yeasts or moulds. The antimicrobial preservative may also exhibit some bactericidal properties, depending on the dosage employed. The main role of the antimicrobial preservative(s) of the present invention is to inhibit the growth of any such micro-organism in the pharmaceutical composition. The antimicrobial preservative may, however, also optionally be used to inhibit the growth of potentially harmful micro-organisms in one or more components of kits used to prepare said composition prior to administration. Suitable antimicrobial preservative(s) include: the parabens, i.e. methyl, ethyl, propyl or butyl paraben or mixtures thereof; benzyl alcohol; ethanol, phenol; cresol; cetrimide and thiomersal. Preferred antimicrobial preservative(s) are the parabens or ethanol.

[0025] The term "pH-adjusting agent" means a compound or mixture of compounds useful to ensure that the pH of the composition is within acceptable limits (approximately pH 4.0 to 10.5, preferably 6.5 to 9.5 for the agents of the present invention) for human or mammalian administration. Suitable such pH-adjusting agents include pharmaceutically acceptable buffers, such as tricine, phosphate, acetate or TRIS [i.e. tris(hydroxymethyl)aminomethane], and pharmaceutically acceptable bases such as sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate or mixtures thereof. When the composition is employed in kit form, the pH adjusting agent may optionally be provided in a separate vial or container, so that the user of the kit can adjust the pH as part of a multi-step procedure.

[0026] By the term "filler" is meant a pharmaceutically acceptable bulking agent which may facilitate material handling during production and lyophilisation. Suitable fillers include inorganic salts such as sodium chloride, and water soluble sugars or sugar alcohols such as sucrose, maltose, mannitol or trehalose.

[0027] By the term "solubiliser" is meant an additive present in the composition which increases the solubility of the radiopharmaceutical in the solvent. A preferred such solvent is aqueous media, and hence the solubiliser preferably improves solubility in water. Suitable such solubilisers include: C1-4 alcohols; glycerine; polyethylene glycol (PEG); propylene glycol; polyoxyethylene sorbitan monooleate; sorbitan monooloeate; polysorbates (e.g. Tween™); poly(oxyethylene)poly(oxypropylene)poly(oxyethylene) block copolymers (Pluronics™); cyclodextrins (e.g. alpha, beta or gamma cyclodextrin, hydroxypropylβ-cyclodextrin or hydroxypropyl-y-cyclodextrin) and lecithin.

[0028] Preferred solubilisers are cyclodextrins, C1.4 alcohols, polysorbates and Pluronics™, more preferably cyclodextrins and C2-4 alcohols. When the solubiliser is an alcohol, it is preferably ethanol or propanol, more preferably ethanol. Ethanol has potentially several roles, since it can also function as a biocompatible carrier, radioprotectant or antimicrobial preservative. When the solubiliser is a cyclodextrin, it is preferably a gamma cyclodextrin, more preferably hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HPCD). The concentration of cyclodextrin can be from about 0.1 to about 40 mg/ml, preferably between about 5 and about 35 mg/ml, more preferably 20 to 30 mg/ml, most preferably around 25 mg/ml.

Preferred features.



[0029] The radioprotectant of the present invention preferably comprises sodium para-aminobenzoate. An additional radioprotectant may also be present. If such an additional radioprotectant is used, it preferably does not comprise ascorbic acid or gentisic acid or salts thereof. More preferably, the radioprotectant of the present invention consists essentially of para-aminobenzoic acid or a salt thereof with a biocompatible cation. Most preferably, the radioprotectant of the present invention consists essentially of sodium para-aminobenzoate.

[0030] The radiopharmaceutical composition of the first aspect is suitably provided in a pharmaceutical grade container. A preferred such container is a septum-sealed vial, wherein the gas-tight closure is crimped on with an overseal (typically of aluminium). The closure is suitable for single or multiple puncturing with a hypodermic needle (e.g. a crimped-on septum seal closure) whilst maintaining sterile integrity. Such containers have the additional advantage that the closure can withstand vacuum if desired (eg. to change the headspace gas or degas solutions), and withstand pressure changes such as reductions in pressure without permitting ingress of external atmospheric gases, such as oxygen or water vapour. Preferred multiple dose containers comprise a single bulk vial (e.g. of 10 to 30 cm3 volume) which contains multiple patient doses, whereby single patient doses can thus be withdrawn into clinical grade syringes at various time intervals during the viable lifetime of the preparation to suit the clinical situation.

[0031] The radiopharmaceutical composition of the first aspect may also be provided in a syringe. Pre-filled syringes are designed to contain a single human dose, or "unit dose" and are therefore preferably a single-use or other syringe suitable for clinical use. The radiopharmaceutical syringe is preferably provided with a syringe shield to minimise radiation dose to the operator.

[0032] In a second aspect, the present invention provides a kit for the preparation of the radiopharmaceutical composition of the first aspect, wherein said kit comprises:
  1. (i) Maraciclatide;
  2. (ii) a radioprotectant chosen from para-aminobenzoic acid or a salt thereof with a biocompatible cation;
  3. (iii) a stannous reductant;
  4. (iv) methylene diphosphonic acid or a salt thereof with a biocompatible cation.


[0033] By the term "kit" is meant one or more pharmaceutical grade containers, comprising the necessary non-radioactive chemicals to prepare the desired radiopharmaceutical composition, together with operating instructions. The kit is designed to be reconstituted with 99mTc to give a solution suitable for human administration with the minimum of manipulation. The kit of the present invention preferably comprises a lyophilised composition containing all the kit components in a single lyophilised formulation in a single container.

[0034] The kit of the second aspect is non-radioactive. Preferred aspects of the radioprotectant in the kit are as described in the first aspect (above).

[0035] The term "stannous reductant" has its conventional meaning in the field of 99mTc radiopharmaceutical kits, and refers to a salt of Sn2+, ie. tin in the Sn(II) oxidation state. Suitable such salts may be in the hydrated or anhydrous form, and include: stannous chloride, stannous fluoride and stannous tartrate. A preferred such stannous reductant is stannous chloride.

[0036] The term "methylene diphosphonic acid" has its conventional chemical meaning, and has the chemical structure shown:



[0037] The kit is preferably lyophilised and is designed to be reconstituted with sterile 99mTc-pertechnetate (TcO4-) from a 99mTc radioisotope generator to give a solution suitable for human administration without further manipulation. The non-radioactive kits may optionally further comprise additional components such as a transchelator, antimicrobial preservative, pH-adjusting agent or filler - as defined for the first aspect above.

[0038] The kit of the second aspect preferably further comprises a buffer which comprises a mixture of sodium hydrogen carbonate and anhydrous sodium carbonate.
A most preferred kit formulation is as follows (Formulation C of Example 8):
ComponentQuantity per vial
Maraciclatide 75µg
Stannous chloride dihydrate 17.8 µg
Methylene diphosphonic acid (MDP) 90 µg
Para-aminobenzoic acid (pABA), sodium salt 200 µg
Sodium hydrogen carbonate 1800 µg
Sodium carbonate anhydrous 630 µg

In a third aspect, the present invention provides a method of preparation of the radiopharmaceutical composition of the first aspect, which comprises either:

  1. (i) reconstitution of the kit of the second aspect with a supply of a biocompatible carrier, followed by addition of a supply of 99mTc in a biocompatible carrier to the reconstituted kit; or
  2. (ii) reconstitution of the kit of the second aspect with a supply of 99mTc in a biocompatible carrier.



[0039] Preferred aspects of the kit in the third aspect are as described in the second aspect (above).

[0040] The supply of 99mTc is suitably in sterile form, and is preferably 99mTc-pertechnetate (TcO4-) from a 99mTc radioisotope generator. Such generators are commercially available.

[0041] When option (i) is used, that means first reconstituting the kit with a non-radioactive biocompatible carrier in sterile form (as defined above; e.g. saline), followed by the addition of the 99mTc. When option (ii) is used, that means reconstituting the kit by addition of 99mTc in a biocompatible carrier directly to the kit. Option (ii) is preferred, especially in conjunction with a single, lyophilised kit container, since that gives a solution suitable for human administration without further manipulation.

[0042] The method of the third aspect is preferably carried out at room temperature, i.e. no heating is required.

[0043] The method of the third aspect is preferably used to prepare unit patient doses, by withdrawing the radiopharmaceutical composition into a clinical grade syringe, as described in the first aspect (above).

[0044] In a fourth aspect, the present invention provides the use of the kit of the second aspect in the preparation of the radiopharmaceutical composition of the first aspect.

[0045] Preferred aspects of the kit and radiopharmaceutical composition in the fourth aspect are as described in the second and first aspects respectively (above).

[0046] In a fifth aspect, the present invention provides the use of para-amino benzoic acid or a salt thereof with a biocompatible cation, as a radioprotectant to stabilise either:
  1. (i) 99mTc-maraciclatide radiopharmaceutical compositions;
  2. (ii) kits as described in the second aspect (above) for the preparation of 99mTc-maraciclatide radiopharmaceutical compositions.


[0047] The radiopharmaceutical compositions of the fifth aspect, and preferred embodiments thereof, are preferably as described in the first aspect (above). Preferred embodiments of the kit in the fifth aspect are as described in the second aspect (above). Preferred embodiments of the radioprotectant in the fifth aspect are as described in the first aspect (above).

[0048] In a sixth aspect, the present invention provides the use of the radiopharmaceutical composition of the first aspect in a method of imaging of the mammalian body.
Preferred aspects of the radiopharmaceutical composition in the sixth aspect are as described in the first aspect (above). Preferably, the mammal is an intact mammalian subject in vivo, and is more preferably a human subject. The method of imaging is preferably used to assist in a method of diagnosis of said mammalian subject.

[0049] In a seventh aspect, the present invention provides a method of imaging of the mammalian body which comprises imaging a mammal which had previously been administered with the radiopharmaceutical composition of the first aspect. Preferred aspects of the radiopharmaceutical composition in the seventh aspect are as described in the first aspect (above). Preferably, the mammal is an intact mammalian body in vivo, and is more preferably a human subject.

[0050] The imaging of the sixth and seventh aspects is preferably to image a mammalian subject suffering from a disease in which integrins are expressed, such as angiogenesis, fibrosis or inflammation.

[0051] The invention is illustrated by the non-limiting Examples detailed below. Examples 1 to 3 provide the synthesis of Chelator 1 (also sometimes called carba-Pn216) of the invention. Example 4 provides the synthesis of Chelator 1A of the invention - an active ester-functionalised version of Chelator 1. Example 5 provides the synthesis of cyclic peptides of the invention and chelator conjugation. Example 6 provides the synthesis of maraciclatide. Example 7 provides a study on the choice of radioprotectant. Example 8 provides data on optimising the amount of radioprotectant used. Example 9 describes comparative kit formulations vs a prior art kit formulation. Example 10 provides a 99mTc generator compatibility study for kits of the invention, showing that they are compatible with a range of commercial generators under a range of conditions. Example 11 provides data on the shelf-life stability of kits of the invention.

Abbreviations.



[0052] Conventional single letter or 3-letter amino acid abbreviations are used.
Ac:
Acetyl
Boc:
tert-Butyloxycarbonyl
tBu:
tertiary-butyl
DMF:
Dimethylformamide
DMSO:
Dimethylsulfoxide
Fmoc:
9-Fluorenylmethoxycarbonyl
HATU:
O-(7-Azabenzotriazol-1-yl)-N,N,N',N'-tetramethyluronium hexafluorophosphate.
HBTU:
O-Benzotriazol-1-yl-N,N,N',N'-tetramethyluronium hexafluorophosphate
HPLC:
High performance liquid chromatography
NMM
N-Methylmorpholine
pABA:
para-amino-benzoic acid sodium salt
PBS:
Phosphate-buffered saline
PEG:
polyethyleneglycol, repeat units of (OCH2CH2)n, where n is an integer,
tBu:
tert-butyl
RCP:
radiochemical purity.
RP-HPLC:
reversed-phase HPLC.
TFA:
Trifluoroacetic acid
THF:
Tetrahydrofuran
TIS:
Triisopropylsilane
TLC:
thin layer chromatography
Trt:
Trityl.
Compounds of the Invention.
CompoundStructure
Chelator 1

Chelator 1A


Example 1: Synthesis of 1,1,1-Tris(2-aminoethyl)methane.


Step 1(a): 3(methoxycarbonylmethylene)glutaric acid dimethylester.



[0053] Carbomethoxymethylenetriphenylphosphorane (167g, 0.5mol) in toluene (600ml) was treated with dimethyl 3-oxoglutarate (87g, 0.5mol) and the reaction heated to 100°C on an oil bath at 120 °C under an atmosphere of nitrogen for 36h. The reaction was then concentrated in vacuo and the oily residue triturated with 40/60 petrol ether/diethylether (1:1, 600 ml). Triphenylphosphine oxide precipitated out and the supernatant liquid was decanted/filtered off. The residue on evaporation in vacuo was Kugelrohr distilled under high vacuum Bpt (oven temperature 180-200°C at 0.2 torr) to give 3-(methoxycarbonylmethylene)glutaric acid dimethylester (89.08g, 53%). NMR 1H(CDCl3): δ 3.31 (2H, s, CH2), 3.7(9H, s, 3xOCH3), 3.87 (2H, s, CH2), 5.79 (1H, s, =CH,) ppm.
NMR 13C(CDC13), δ 36.56,CH3, 48.7, 2xCH3, 52.09 and 52.5 (2xCH2); 122.3 and 146.16 C=CH; 165.9, 170.0 and 170.5 3xCOO ppm.

Step 1(b): Hydrogenation of 3-(methoxycarbonylmethylene)glutaric acid dimethylester.



[0054] 3-(Methoxycarbonylmethylene)glutaric acid dimethylester (89g, 267mmol) in methanol (200ml) was shaken with (10% palladium on charcoal: 50% water) (9 g) under an atmosphere of hydrogen gas (3.5 bar) for 30h. The solution was filtered through kieselguhr and concentrated in vacuo to give 3-(methoxycarbonylmethyl)glutaric acid dimethylester as an oil, yield (84.9g, 94 %). NMR H(CDC13), δ 2.48 (6H, d, J=8Hz, 3xCH2), 2.78 (1H, hextet, J=8Hz CH,) 3.7 (9H, s, 3xCH3).
NMR 13C(CDCl3), δ 28.6, CH; 37.50, 3xCH3; 51.6, 3xCH2; 172.28,3 x COO.

Step 1(c): Reduction and esterification of trimethyl ester to the triacetate.



[0055] Under an atmosphere of nitrogen in a 3 necked 2L round bottomed flask lithium aluminium hydride (20g, 588 mmol) in THF (400ml) was treated cautiously with tris(methyloxycarbonylmethyl)methane (40g, 212 mmol) in THF (200ml) over 1h. A strongly exothermic reaction occurred, causing the solvent to reflux strongly. The reaction was heated on an oil bath at 90°C at reflux for 3 days. The reaction was quenched by the cautious dropwise addition of acetic acid (100ml) until the evolution of hydrogen ceased. The stirred reaction mixture was cautiously treated with acetic anhydride solution (500ml) at such a rate as to cause gentle reflux. The flask was equipped for distillation and stirred and then heating at 90°C (oil bath temperature) to distil out the THF. A further portion of acetic anhydride (300ml) was added, the reaction returned to reflux configuration and stirred and heated in an oil bath at 140°C for 5h. The reaction was allowed to cool and filtered. The aluminium oxide precipitate was washed with ethyl acetate and the combined filtrates concentrated on a rotary evaporator at a water bath temperature of 50°C in vacuo (5 mmHg) to afford an oil. The oil was taken up in ethyl acetate (500ml) and washed with saturated aqueous potassium carbonate solution. The ethyl acetate solution was separated, dried over sodium sulfate, and concentrated in vacuo to afford an oil. The oil was Kugelrohr distilled in high vacuum to give tris(2-acetoxyethyl)methane (45.3g, 95.9%) as an oil. Bp. 220 °C at 0.1 mmHg.
NMR H(CDC13), δ 1.66(7H, m, 3xCH2, CH), 2.08(1H, s, 3xCH3); 4.1(6H, t, 3xCH2O). NMR 13C(CDCl3), δ 20.9, CH3; 29.34, CH; 32.17, CH2; 62.15, CH2O; 171, CO.

Step 1(d): Removal of Acetate groups from the triacetate.



[0056] Tris(2-acetoxyethyl)methane (45.3g, 165mM) in methanol (200ml) and 880 ammonia (100ml) was heated on an oil bath at 80°C for 2 days. The reaction was treated with a further portion of 880 ammonia (50ml) and heated at 80°C in an oil bath for 24h. A further portion of 880 ammonia (50ml) was added and the reaction heated at 80°C for 24h. The reaction was then concentrated in vacuo to remove all solvents to give an oil. This was taken up into 880 ammonia (150ml) and heated at 80°C for 24h. The reaction was then concentrated in vacuo to remove all solvents to give an oil. Kugelrohr distillation gave acetamide bp 170-180 0.2mm. The bulbs containing the acetamide were washed clean and the distillation continued. Tris(2-hydroxyethyl)methane (22.53g, 92%) distilled at bp 220 °C 0.2mm.
NMR H(CDC13), δ 1.45(6H, q, 3xCH2), 2.2(1H, quintet, CH); 3.7(6H, t 3xCH2OH); 5.5(3H, brs, 3xOH).
NMR 13C(CDCl3), δ 22.13, CH; 33.95, 3xCH2; 57.8, 3xCH2OH.

Step 1(e): Conversion of the triol to the tris(methanesulfonate).



[0057] To an stirred ice-cooled solution of tris(2-hydroxyethyl)methane (10g, 0.0676mol) in dichloromethane (50ml) was slowly dripped a solution of methanesulfonyl chloride (40g, 0.349mol) in dichloromethane (50ml) under nitrogen at such a rate that the temperature did not rise above 15°C. Pyridine (21.4g, 0.27mol, 4eq) dissolved in dichloromethane (50ml) was then added drop-wise at such a rate that the temperature did not rise above 15°C, exothermic reaction. The reaction was left to stir at room temperature for 24h and then treated with 5N hydrochloric acid solution (80ml) and the layers separated. The aqueous layer was extracted with further dichloromethane (50ml) and the organic extracts combined, dried over sodium sulfate, filtered and concentrated in vacuo to give tris[2-(methylsulfonyloxy)ethyl]methane contaminated with excess methanesulfonyl chloride. The theoretical yield was 25.8g.
NMR H(CDC13), δ 4.3 (6H, t, 2xCH2), 3.0 (9H, s, 3xCH3), 2 (1H, hextet, CH), 1.85 (6H, q, 3xCH2).

Step 1(f): Preparation of 1.1, 1 -tris(2-azidoethyl)methane.



[0058] A stirred solution of tris[2-(methylsulfonyloxy)ethyl]methane [from Step 1(e), contaminated with excess methylsulfonyl chloride] (25.8g, 67mmol, theoretical) in dry DMF (250ml) under nitrogen was treated with sodium azide (30.7g, 0.47mol) portion-wise over 15 minutes. An exotherm was observed and the reaction was cooled on an ice bath. After 30 minutes, the reaction mixture was heated on an oil bath at 50°C for 24h. The reaction became brown in colour. The reaction was allowed to cool, treated with dilute potassium carbonate solution (200ml) and extracted three times with 40/60 petrol ether/diethylether 10:1 (3x150ml). The organic extracts were washed with water (2x150ml), dried over sodium sulfate and filtered. Ethanol (200ml) was added to the petrol/ether solution to keep the triazide in solution and the volume reduced in vacuo to no less than 200ml. Ethanol (200ml) was added and reconcentrated in vacuo to remove the last traces of petrol leaving no less than 200ml of ethanolic solution. The ethanol solution of triazide was used directly in Step 1(g).
CARE: DO NOT REMOVE ALL THE SOLVENT AS THE AZIDE IS POTENTIALLY EXPLOSIVE AND SHOULD BE KEPT IN DILUTE SOLUTION AT ALL TIMES.
Less than 0.2ml of the solution was evaporated in vacuo to remove the ethanol and an NMR run on this small sample: NMR 1H(CDCl3), δ 3.35 (6H, t, 3xCH2), 1.8 (1H, septet, CH,), 1.6 (6H, q, 3xCH2).

Step 1(g): Preparation of 1,1,1-tris(2-aminoethyl)methane.



[0059] Tris(2-azidoethyl)methane (15.06g, 0.0676 mol), (assuming 100% yield from previous reaction) in ethanol (200ml) was treated with 10% palladium on charcoal (2g, 50% water) and hydrogenated for 12h. The reaction vessel was evacuated every 2 hours to remove nitrogen evolved from the reaction and refilled with hydrogen. A sample was taken for NMR analysis to confirm complete conversion of the triazide to the triamine.
Caution: unreduced azide could explode on distillation. The reaction was filtered through a celite pad to remove the catalyst and concentrated in vacuo to give tris(2-aminoethyl)methane as an oil. This was further purified by Kugelrohr distillation bp.180-200°C at 0.4mm/Hg to give a colourless oil (8.1g, 82.7% overall yield). NMR H(CDC13), δ 2.72 (6H, t, 3xCH2N), 1.41 (H, septet, CH), 1.39 (6H, q, 3xCH2). NMR 13C(CDCl3), δ 39.8 (CH2NH2), 38.2 (CH2), 31.0 (CH).

Example 2: Preparation of 3-chloro-3-methyl-2-nitrosobutane.



[0060] A mixture of 2-methylbut-2-ene (147ml, 1.4mol) and isoamyl nitrite (156ml, 1.16mol) was cooled to -30 °C in a bath of cardice and methanol and vigorously stirred with an overhead air stirrer and treated dropwise with concentrated hydrochloric acid (140ml, 1.68mol) at such a rate that the temperature was maintained below -20°C. This requires about 1h as there is a significant exotherm and care must be taken to prevent overheating. Ethanol (100ml) was added to reduce the viscosity of the slurry that had formed at the end of the addition and the reaction stirred at -20 to -10°C for a further 2h to complete the reaction. The precipitate was collected by filtration under vacuum and washed with 4x30ml of cold (-20°C) ethanol and 100ml of ice cold water, and dried in vacuo to give 3-chloro-3-methyl-2-nitrosobutane as a white solid. The ethanol filtrate and washings were combined and diluted with water (200ml) and cooled and allowed to stand for 1h at -10°C when a further crop of 3-chloro-3-methyl-2-nitrosobutane crystallised out. The precipitate was collected by filtration and washed with the minimum of water and dried in vacuo to give a total yield of 3-chloro-3-methyl-2-nitrosobutane (115g 0.85mol, 73%) >98% pure by NMR.
NMR 1H(CDCl3), As a mixture of isomers (isomer1,90%) 1.5 d, (2H, CH3), 1.65 d, (4H, 2 xCH3), 5.85,q, and 5.95,q, together 1H. (isomer2, 10%), 1.76 s, (6H, 2x CH3), 2.07(3H, CH3).

Example 3: Synthesis of bis[N-(1,1-dimethyl-2-N-hydroxyimine propyl)2-aminoethyl]-(2-aminoethyl)methane (Chelator1).



[0061] To a solution of tris(2-aminoethyl)methane (Example 1; 4.047g, 27.9mmol) in dry ethanol (30ml) was added potassium carbonate anhydrous (7.7g, 55.8mmol, 2eq) at room temperature with vigorous stirring under a nitrogen atmosphere. A solution of 3-chloro-3-methyl-2-nitrosobutane (Example 2; 7.56g, 55.8mol, 2eq) was dissolved in dry ethanol (100ml) and 75ml of this solution was dripped slowly into the reaction mixture. The reaction was followed by TLC on silica [plates run in dichloromethane, methanol, concentrated (0.88sg) ammonia; 100/30/5 and the TLC plate developed by spraying with ninhydrin and heating]. The mono-, di- and tri-alkylated products were seen with RF's increasing in that order. Analytical HPLC was run using PRP reverse phase column in a gradient of 7.5-75% acetonitrile in 3% aqueous ammonia. The reaction was concentrated in vacuo to remove the ethanol and re-suspended in water (110ml). The aqueous slurry was extracted with ether (100ml) to remove some of the trialkylated compound and lipophilic impurities leaving the mono and desired dialkylated product in the water layer. The aqueous solution was buffered with ammonium acetate (2eq, 4.3g, 55.8mmol) to ensure good chromatography. The aqueous solution was stored at 4°C overnight before purifying by automated preparative HPLC.
Yield (2.2g, 6.4mmol, 23%).
Mass spec; Positive ion 10 V cone voltage. Found: 344; calculated M+H= 344. NMR H(CDC13), δ 1.24(6H, s, 2xCH3), 1.3(6H, s, 2xCH3), 1.25-1.75(7H, m, 3xCH2,CH), (3H, s, 2xCH2), 2.58 (4H, m, CH2N), 2.88(2H, t CH2N), 5.0 (6H, s, NH2, 2xNH, 2xOH). NMR 1H((CD3)2SO)δ 1.1 4xCH; 1.29, 3xCH2; 2.1 (4H, t, 2xCH2);
NMR 13C((CD3)2SO), δ 9.0 (4xCH3), 25.8 (2xCH3), 31.0 2xCH2, 34.6 CH2, 56.8 2xCH2N; 160.3, C=N.
HPLC conditions: flow rate 8ml/min using a 25mm PRP column [A=3% ammonia solution (sp.gr = 0.88) /water; B = Acetonitrile].
Gradient Time (min) 0 15 20 22 30
% B 7.5 75.0 75.0 7.5 7.5


[0062] Load 3ml of aqueous solution per run, and collect in a time window of 12.5-13.5 min.

Example 4: Synthesis of Tetrafluorothiophenyl ester of Chelator 1-glutaric acid (Chelator 1A).


(Step 4a) Synthesis of [Chelator 1]-glutaric acid intermediate.



[0063] 

Chelator 1 (100 mg, 0.29 mmol) was dissolved in DMF (10 ml) and glutaric anhydride (33 mg, 0.29 mmol) added by portions with stirring. The reaction was stirred for 23 hours to afford complete conversion to the desired product. The pure acid was obtained following RP-HPLC in good yield.

(Step 4b) Synthesis of Chelator 1A.



[0064] 



[0065] To [Chelator 1]-glutaric acid (from Step 4a; 300 mg, 0.66 mmol) in DMF (2 ml) was added HATU (249 mg, 0.66 mmol) and NMM (132 µL, 1.32 mmol). The mixture was stirred for 5 minutes then tetrafluorothiophenol (0.66 mmol, 119 mg) was added. The solution was stirred for 10 minutes then the reaction mixture was diluted with 20 % acetonitrile/water (8 ml) and the product purified by RP-HPLC yielding 110 mg of the desired product following freeze-drying.

Example 5: Synthesis of disulfide [Cys2-6] thioether cyclo[CH2CO-Lys(Chelator 1-glutaryl)-Cys2 -Arg-Gly-Asp-Cys6- Phe-Cys ]-NH2.



[0066] 


(Step 5a) Synthesis of C1CH2CO-Lys-Cys(tBu)-Arg-Gly-Asp-Cys(tBu)-Phe-Cys-NH2



[0067] 

The peptide was synthesised on an ABI 433A automatic peptide synthesiser starting with Rink Amide AM resin on a 0.25 mmol scale using 1 mmol amino acid cartridges. The amino acids were pre-activated using HBTU before coupling. N-terminal amine groups were chloroacetylated using a solution of chloroacetic anhydride in DMF for 30 min. The simultaneous removal of peptide and side-chain protecting groups (except tBu) from the resin was carried out in TFA containing TIS (5 %), H2O (5 %) and phenol (2.5 %) for two hours. After work-up 295 mg of crude peptide was obtained (Analytical HPLC: Gradient, 5-50 % B over 10 min where A = H2O/0.1 % TFA and B = CH3CN/0.1 % TFA; column, Phenomenex Luna 3µ C18 (2) 50 x 4.6 mm; flow, 2 ml/min; detection, UV 214 nm; product retention time, 6.42 min). Further product characterisation was carried out using mass spectrometry: Expected, M+H at 1118.5, found, at 1118.6).

(Step 5b) Synthesis of thioether cyclo[CH2CO-Lys-Cys-(tBu)-Arg-Gly-Asp-Cys(tBu)-Phe-Cys]-NH2.



[0068] 



[0069] 295 mg of ClCH2CO-Lys-Cys(tBu)-Arg-Gly-Asp-Cys(tBu)-Phe-Cys-NH2 was dissolved in water/acetonitrile. The mixture was adjusted to pH 8 with ammonia solution and stirred for 16 hours. After work-up 217 mg of crude peptide was obtained (Analytical HPLC: Gradient, 5-50 % B over 10 min where A = H2O/0.1 % TFA and B = CH3CN/0.1 % TFA; column, Phenomenex Luna 3µ C18 (2) 50 x 4.6 mm; flow, 2 ml/min; detection, UV 214 nm; product retention time, 6.18 min). Further product characterisation was carried out using mass spectrometry: Expected, M+H at 1882.5, found, at 1882.6).

(Step 5c) Synthesis of disulfide [Cys2-6] thioether cyclo[CH2CO-Lys_Cys2-Arg-Gly-Asp-Cys6Phe-Cys]-NH2.



[0070] 

217 mg of thioether cyclo[CH2CO-Lys-Cys(tBu)-Arg-Gly-Asp-Cys(tBu)-Phe-Cys]-NH2 was treated with a solution of anisole (500 µL), DMSO (2 ml) and TFA (100 ml) for 60 min following which the TFA was removed in vacuo and the peptide precipitated by the addition of diethyl ether. Purification by preparative HPLC (Phenomenex Luna 10µ C18 (2) 250 x 50 mm column) of the crude material (202 mg) was carried out using 0-30 % B, where A = H2O/0.1 % TFA and B = CH3CN/0.1 % TFA, over 60 min at a flow rate of 50 ml/min. After lyophilisation 112 mg of pure material was obtained (Analytical HPLC: Gradient, 5-50 % B over 10 min where A = H2O/0.1 % TFA and B = CH3CN/0.1 % TFA; column, Phenomenex Luna 3µ C18 (2) 50 x 4.6 mm; flow, 2 ml/min; detection, UV 214 nm; product retention time, 5.50 min). Further product_characterisation was carried out using mass spectrometry: Expected, M+H at 968, found, at 971).

(Step 5d) Synthesis of disulfide [Cys2-6] thioether cyclo[CH2CO-Lys(Chelator1-glutaryl)-Cys2-Arg-Gly-Asp-Cys6-Phe-Cys]-NH2.



[0071] 

9.7 mg of disulfide[Cys2-6]thioether cyclo[CH2CO-Lys-Cys-Arg-Gly-Asp-Cys-Phe-Cys]-NH2, 9.1 mg of Chelator 1A (Example 5) and 6 µL of NMM was dissolved in DMF (0.5 ml). The mixture was stirred for 3 hours. Purification by preparative HPLC (Phenomenex Luna 5µ C18 (2) 250 x 21.20 mm column) of the reaction mixture was carried out using 0-30 % B, where A = H2O/0.1 % TFA and B = CH3CN/0.1 % TFA, over 40 min at a flow rate of 10 ml/min. After lyophilisation 5.7 mg of pure material was obtained (Analytical HPLC: Gradient, 0-30 % B over 10 min where A = H2O/0.1% TFA and B = CH3CN/0.1% TFA; column, Phenomenex Luna 3 µ C18 (2) 50 x 4.6 mm; flow, 2 ml/min; detection, UV 214 nm; product retention time, 7.32 min). Further product characterisation was carried out using mass spectrometry: Expected, M+H at 1407.7, found, at 1407.6).

Example 6: Synthesis of disulfide [Cys2-6 thioether cyclo[CH2CO-Lys(Chelator 1-glutaryl)-Cys2-Arg-Gly-Asp-Cys2-Phe-Cys6-(PEG)3-NH2 (Maraciclatide).


(Step 6a) Synthesis of 17-(Fmoc-amino)-5-oxo-6-aza-3.9.12.15-tetraoxaheptadecanoic acid.



[0072] 

This building block is coupled to the solid-phase using Fmoc chemistry.

1,11-Diazido-3,6,9-trioxaundecane.



[0073] A solution of dry tetraethyleneglycol (19.4 g, 0.100 mol) and methanesulfonyl chloride (25.2 g, 0.220 mol) in dry THF (100 ml) was kept under argon and cooled to 0 °C in an ice/water bath. To the flask was added a solution of triethylamine (22.6 g, 0.220 mol) in dry THF (25 ml) dropwise over 45 min. After 1 hr the cooling bath was removed and stirring was continued for 4 hrs. Water (60 ml) was added. To the mixture was added sodium hydrogen carbonate (6 g, to pH 8) and sodium azide (14.3 g, 0.220 mmol), in that order. THF was removed by distillation and the aqueous solution was refluxed for 24 h (two layers formed). The mixture was cooled and ether (100 ml) was added. The aqueous phase was saturated with sodium chloride. The phases were separated and the aqueous phase was extracted with ether (4 x 50 ml). Combined organic phases were washed with brine (2 x 50 ml) and dried (MgSO4). Filtration and concentration gave 22.1 g (91%) of yellow oil. The product was used in the next step without further purification.

11-Azido-3,6,9-trioxaundecanamine.



[0074] To a mechanically, vigorously stirred suspension of 1,11-diazido-3,6,9-trioxaundecane (20.8 g, 0.085 mol) in 5% hydrochloric acid (200 ml) was added a solution of triphenylphosphine (19.9 g, 0.073 mol) in ether (150 ml) over 3 hrs at room temperature. The reaction mixture was stirred for additional 24 hrs. The phases were separated and the aqueous phase was extracted with dichloromethane (3 x 40 ml). The aqueous phase was cooled in an ice/water bath and pH was adjusted to ca 12 by addition of KOH. The product was extracted into dichloromethane (5 x 50 ml). Combined organic phases were dried (MgSO4). Filtration and evaporation gave 14.0 g (88%) of yellow oil. Analysis by MALDI-TOF mass spectroscopy (matrix: α-cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid) gave a M+H peak at 219 as expected. Further characterisation using 1H (500 MHz) and 13C (125 MHz) NMR spectroscopy verified the structure.

17-Azido-5-oxo-6-aza-3,9,12,15-tetraoxaheptadecanoic acid.



[0075] To a solution of 11-azido-3,6,9-trioxaundecanamine (10.9 g, 50.0 mmol) in dichloromethane (100 ml) was added diglycolic anhydride (6.38 g, 55.0 mmol). The reaction mixture was stirred overnight. HPLC analysis (column Vydac 218TP54; solvents: A = water/0.1% TFA and B = acetonitrile/0.1% TFA; gradient 4-16% B over 20 min; flow 1.0 ml/min; UV detection at 214 and 284 nm), showed complete conversion of starting material to a product with retention time 18.3 min. The solution was concentrated to give quantitative yield of a yellow syrup. The product was analysed by LC-MS (ES ionisation) giving [MH]+ at 335 as expected. 1H (500 MHz) and 13C (125 MHz) NMR spectroscopy was in agreement with structure The product was used in the next step without further purification.

17-Amino-5-oxo-6-aza-3,9,12,15-tetraoxaheptadecanoic acid.



[0076] A solution of 17-azido-5-oxo-6-aza-3,9,12,15-tetraoxaheptadecanoic acid (8.36 g, 25.0 mmol) in water (100 ml) was reduced using H2(g)-Pd/C (10%). The reaction was run until LC-MS analysis showed complete conversion of starting material (column Vydac 218TP54; solvents: A = water/0.1% TFA and B = acetonitrile/0.1% TFA; gradient 4-16% B over 20 min; flow 1.0 ml/min; UV detection at 214 and 284 nm, ES ionisation giving M+H at 335 for starting material and 309 for the product). The solution was filtered and used directly in the next step.

17-(Fmoc-amino)-5-oxo-6-aza-3,9,12,15-tetraoxaheptadecanoic acid.



[0077] To the aqueous solution of 17-amino-5-oxo-6-aza-3,9,12,15-tetraoxaheptadecanoic acid from above (corresponding to 25.0 mmol amino acid) was added sodium bicarbonate (5.04 g, 60.0 mmol) and dioxan (40 ml). A solution of Fmoc-chloride (7.11 g, 0.275 mol) in dioxan (40 ml) was added dropwise. The reaction mixture was stirred overnight. Dioxan was evaporated off (rotavapor) and the aqueous phase was extracted with ethyl acetate. The aqueous phase was acidified by addition of hydrochloric acid and precipitated material was extracted into chloroform. The organic phase was dried (MgSO4), filtered and concentrated to give 11.3 g (85%) of a yellow syrup. The structure was confirmed by LC-MS analysis (column Vydac 218TP54; solvents: A = water/0.1% TFA and B = acetonitrile/0.1% TFA; gradient 40-60% B over 20 min; flow 1.0 ml/min; UV detection at 214 and 254 nm, ES ionisation giving M+H at 531 as expected for the product peak at 5,8 minutes). The analysis showed very low content of side products and the material was used without further purification.

(Step 6b) Synthesis of ClCH2CO-Lys-Cys(tBu)-Arg-Gly-Asp-Cys(tBu)-Phe-Cys-(PEG)3-NH2.



[0078] 

The PEG unit was coupled manually to Rink Amide AM resin, starting on a 0.25 mmol scale, mediated by HATU activation. The remaining peptide was assembled on an ABI 433A automatic peptide synthesiser using 1 mmol amino acid cartridges. The amino acids were pre-activated using HBTU before coupling. N-terminal amine groups were chloroacetylated using a solution of chloroacetic anhydride in DMF for 30 min.

[0079] The simultaneous removal of peptide and side-chain protecting groups (except tBu) from the resin was carried out in TFA containing TIS (5 %), H2O (5 %) and phenol (2.5 %) for two hours. After work-up 322 mg of crude peptide was obtained (Analytical HPLC: Gradient, 5-50 % B over 10 min where A = H2O/0.1 % TFA and B = CH3CN/0.1 % TFA; column, Phenomenex Luna 3µ C18 (2) 50 x 4.6 mm; flow, 2 ml/min; detection, UV 214 nm; product retention time, 6.37 min). Further product characterisation was carried out using mass spectrometry: Expected, M+H at 1409, found, at 1415).

(Step 6c) Synthesis of thioether cyclo[CH2CO-Lys-Cys-(tBu)-Arg-Gly-Asp-Cys(tBu)-Phe-Cys]-(PEG)3- NH2.



[0080] 



[0081] 322 mg of ClCH2CO-Lys-Cys(tBu)-Arg-Gly-Asp-Cys(tBu)-Phe-Cys-(PEG)3-NH2 was dissolved in water/acetonitrile. The mixture was adjusted to pH 8 with ammonia solution and stirred for 16 hours.

[0082] After work-up crude peptide was obtained (Analytical HPLC: Gradient, 5-50 % B over 10 min where A = H2O/0.1 % TFA and B = CH3CN/0.1 % TFA; column, Phenomenex Luna 3µ C18 (2) 50 x 4.6 mm; flow, 2 ml/min; detection, UV 214 nm; product retention time, 6.22 min). Further product characterisation was carried out using mass spectrometry: Expected, M+H at 1373, found, at 1378).

(Step 6d) Synthesis of disulfide [Cys2-6] thioether cyclo[CH2CO-Lys_Cys2-Arg-Gly-Asp-Cys 6- Phe-Cys]-(PEG)3-NH2.



[0083] 



[0084] Thioether cyclo[CH2CO-Lys-Cys(tBu)-Arg-Gly-Asp-Cys(tBu)-Phe-Cys]-(PEG)3-NH2 was treated with a solution of anisole (200 µL), DMSO (2 ml) and TFA (100 ml) for 60 min following which the TFA was removed in vacuo and the peptide precipitated by the addition of diethyl ether. Purification by preparative HPLC (Phenomenex Luna 5µ C18 (2) 250 x 21.20 mm column) of 70 mg crude material was carried out using 0-30 % B, where A = H2O/0.1 % TFA and B = CH3CN/0.1 % TFA, over 40 min at a flow rate of 10 ml/min. After lyophilisation 46 mg of pure material was obtained (Analytical HPLC: Gradient, 0-30 % B over 10 min where A = H2O/0.1 % TFA and B = CH3CN/0.1 % TFA; column, Phenomenex Luna 3µ C18 (2) 50 x 4.6 mm; flow, 2 ml/min; detection, UV 214 nm; product retention time, 6.80 min). Further product characterisation was carried out using mass spectrometry: Expected, M+H at 1258.5, found, at 1258.8).

(Step 6e) Synthesis of disulfide [Cys2-6] thioether cyclo[CH2CO-Lys(Chelator 1-glutaryl)-Cys2-Arg-Gly-Asp-CyS6-Phe-Cys]-(PEG)3-NH2.



[0085] 

13 mg of [Cys2-6]cyclo[CH2CO-Lys-Cys-Arg-Gly-Asp-Cys-Phe-Cys]-(PEG)3-NH2, 9.6 mg of Chelator 1A and 8 µL of NMM was dissolved in DMF (0.5 ml). The mixture was stirred for 2 hours and 30 minutes. Purification by preparative HPLC (Phenomenex Luna 5µ C18 (2) 250 x 21.20 mm column) of the reaction mixture was carried out using 0-30 % B, where A = H2O/0.1 % TFA and B = CH3CN/0.1 % TFA, over 40 min at a flow rate of 10 ml/min. After lyophilisation 14.2 mg of pure material was obtained (Analytical HPLC: Gradient, 0-30 % B over 10 min where A = H2O/0.1 % TFA and B = CH3CN/0.1 % TFA; column, Phenomenex Luna 3µ C18 (2) 50 x 4.6 mm; flow, 2 ml/min; detection, UV 214 nm; product retention time, 7.87 min). Further product characterisation was carried out using mass spectrometry: Expected, M+H at 1697.8, found, at 1697.9).

Example 7: Choice of Radioprotectant.



[0086] The effect, on radiolabelling efficiency and radiostabilisation, of three radioprotectants, pABA, gentisic acid and ascorbic acid, was evaluated for freeze-dried kits. The formulations were identical to Formulation A (see Example 9) except for the addition of the radioprotectant and an increased amount of sodium carbonate to maintain the pH close to 9.3, see Table 2:
Table 2: radioprotectant formulations
pABA, µg per vialGentisic acid, µg per vialAscorbic acid, µg per vialSodium carbonate, µg per vial
350 - - 830
- 1000 - 1530
- - 500 930


[0087] Formulation A had an RCP at 20 minutes post-reconstitution of ca. 90-91%, falling to 82-85% at 4-hours, and 75-82% at 8-hours post-reconstitution.

[0088] The freeze-dried kits containing ascorbic acid had a poor radiolabelling efficiency - the RCP was 80% at both 20 minutes and 4 hours post-reconstitution.

[0089] The freeze-dried kits with gentisic acid showed a good radiolabelling efficiency, 94% at 20 minutes post reconstitution and a good radiostabilising effect, the RCP was 90% at 4 hours post reconstitution. However, the reconstituted kit solution discoloured (turned pink) after some time. Similar discolouration was observed in solution chemistry experiments.

[0090] The freeze-dried kits with pABA showed a good radiolabelling efficiency and the RCP was stabilised. The RCP values were approximately 90% at both 20 minutes and 4 hours post reconstitution, with stability maintained even at 8-hours post reconstitution (see Example 8). No new radioactive impurities were observed compared to Formulation A.

Example 8: Optimisation of Amount of Radioprotectant.



[0091] To optimise the amount of pABA in the formulation, a factorial design with 3 levels of pABA [100 to 600 µg per vial] and 2 levels of pH [8.7 to 9.3] was prepared. The levels of other kit components were as for Formulation A. The sodium carbonate levels were used to adjust the pH.
Table 3 RCP results from pABA optimisation study
FormulationpABA (µg/vial)Na2CO3 (µg/vial)pH% RCP (at time p.r.)
20 min4 hours8 hours
#1 100 300 8.9 89.2 88.0 86.3
#2 100 600 9.3 91.6 88.8 85.8
#3 300 600 9.1 93.1 92.1 90.5
#4 350 500 8.9 89.6 89.9 88.6
#5 350 630 9.0 91.6 91.6 90.8
#6 350 830 9.2 91.8 90.7 89.5
#7 600 680 8.9 88.4 89.3 88.7
#8 600 1000 9.1 91.7 91.8 90.5
pr = post-reconstitution
Analysing the results from the factorial design, shown in Table 3, showed that the optimal pABA amount with respect to initial RCP and radiostabilising capacity is between 200 and 350 µg/vial.

[0092] Two further batches with respectively 200 µg (Batch #9; 630 µg Na2CO3 pH 9.3) and 300 µg (Batch #10; 800 µg Na2C03 pH 9.3) pABA, gave very similar RCP values at an initial time point and during stability. The results showed that there was no significant difference between freeze dried kits containing 200 and 300 µg pABA with respect to radiolabelling efficiency or radiostabilising capacity.

Example 9: Comparative Lyophilised Kit Formulations.



[0093] Lyophilised kits were prepared as follows, to compare the prior art kit of Edwards et al [Nucl.Med.Biol., 35, 365-375 (2008)] and the stabilised kit of the present invention:
Table 1: kit formulations
 Formulation AFormulation C
ComponentQuantity per vial (µg)Quantity per vial (µg)
Maraciclatide 75 75
Stannous chloride dihydrate 17.8 17.8
Methylene diphosphonic acid sodium salt 90 90
Para-amino-benzoic acid (pABA) sodium salt 0 200
Sodium hydrogen carbonate 1800 1800
Sodium carbonate anhydrous 530 630

Example 10: Generator Compatibility Study.



[0094] Two generator compatibility studies have been performed to investigate the compatibility of Formulation C. The generators studied in the first study were: Technelite Technetium-99m, Sterile generator [Bristol Myers Squibb Medical Imaging], Drytec Technetium-99m, Sterile generator [GE Heathcare, UK], Ultra-Technekow® DTE generator [Tyco Healthcare Mallinckrodt, USA] and ISOTEC Mo-99-Tc-99m, Sterile generator [Amersham Health, Norway]. The test samples were Formulation C (Batch #9 of Example 8). All samples were reconstituted with generator eluate of 3.1 GBq/6 ml. The variables studied for the generators were generator age (time between elutions) and eluate age (time after elution).

[0095] All four generators tested in this first study were compatible with Formulation C. There was only a small difference in the RCP values, 1.6%. The eluate age had a negative effect on both RCP and post reconstitution stability for all four generators.

Example 11: Stability of Freeze-Dried kits.



[0096] Shelf-life stability testing was performed on several batches of kit stored at various temperatures [-20°C, 5°C and 25°C], and for some temperatures up to 12 months. The RCP was determined after storage under different temperature conditions.

Formulation A kit.



[0097] 5° storage 12 months: RCP at 4 hours post-reconstitution was 87%
25°storage 3 months: RCP at 4 hours post-reconstitution was 87%

Formulation C kit



[0098] 5° storage 12 months: RCP at 4 hours post-reconstitution was 91.7%
25°storage 3 months: RCP at 4 hours post-reconstitution was 91.5%
25°storage 6 months: RCP at 4 hours post-reconstitution was >90%

[0099] Formulation C has a shelf-life of at least 50 months when stored at 5°C, whereas
Formulation A would have to be stored at -20°C to ensure adequate kit RCP performance.


Claims

1. A radiopharmaceutical composition which comprises

(i) 99mTc-maraciclatide;

(ii) a radioprotectant chosen from para-amino benzoic acid or a salt thereof with a biocompatible cation;

in a biocompatible carrier in a form suitable for mammalian administration.
 
2. The radiopharmaceutical composition of claim 1, where the radioprotectant is sodium para-aminobenzoate.
 
3. The radiopharmaceutical composition of claim 1 or claim 2, where the radiopharmaceutical is provided in a syringe.
 
4. The radiopharmaceutical composition of claim 1 or claim 2, where the radiopharmaceutical is provided in a vial fitted with a closure.
 
5. A kit for the preparation of the radiopharmaceutical composition of any one of claims 1 to 4, which comprises:

(i) Maraciclatide;

(ii) a radioprotectant chosen from para-aminobenzoic acid or a salt thereof with a biocompatible cation;

(iii) a stannous reductant;

(iv) methylene diphosphonic acid or a salt thereof with a biocompatible cation.


 
6. The kit of claim 5, where all the kit components are lyophilised together.
 
7. The kit of claim 5 or claim 6, which further comprises a buffer.
 
8. The kit of any one of claims 5 to 7, where the stannous reductant is stannous chloride.
 
9. A method of preparation of the radiopharmaceutical composition of any one of claims 1 to 4, which comprises either:

(i) reconstitution of the kit of any one of claims 5 to 8 with a supply of a biocompatible carrier, followed by addition of a supply of 99mTc in a biocompatible carrier to the reconstituted kit; or

(ii) reconstitution of the kit of any one of claims 5 to 8 with a supply of 99mTc in a biocompatible carrier.


 
10. Use of the kit of any one of claims 5 to 8 in the preparation of the radiopharmaceutical composition of any one of claims 1 to 4.
 
11. Use of para-aminobenzoic acid or a salt thereof with a biocompatible cation, as a radioprotectant to stabilise either:

(i) 99mTc-maraciclatide radiopharmaceutical compositions;

(ii) kits according to any one of claims 5 to 8 for the preparation of 99mTc-maraciclatide radiopharmaceutical compositions.


 
12. Use of the radiopharmaceutical composition of any one of claims 1 to 4 in a method of imaging of the mammalian body.
 
13. A method of imaging of the mammalian body which comprises imaging a mammal which had previously been administered with the radiopharmaceutical composition of any one of claims 1 to 4.
 
14. The method of claim 13, where the mammal is suffering from a disease in which integrins are expressed.
 


Ansprüche

1. Radiopharmazeutische Zusammensetzung, welche umfasst:

(i) 99mTc-Maraciclatid;

(ii) ein Strahlenschutzmittel, das aus para-Aminobenzoesäure oder einem Salz davon mit einem biokompatiblen Kation ausgewählt ist;

in einem biokompatiblen Träger in einer Form, die zur Verabreichung an einen Säuger geeignet ist.
 
2. Radiopharmazeutische Zusammensetzung nach Anspruch 1, wobei das Strahlenschutzmittel Natrium-para-aminobenzoat ist.
 
3. Radiopharmazeutische Zusammensetzung nach Anspruch 1 oder Anspruch 2, wobei das Radiopharmazeutikum in einer Spritze bereitgestellt wird.
 
4. Radiopharmazeutische Zusammensetzung nach Anspruch 1 oder Anspruch 2, wobei das Radiopharmazeutikum in einer Ampulle, die mit einem Verschluss versehen ist, bereitgestellt wird.
 
5. Kit zur Herstellung der radiopharmazeutischen Zusammensetzung nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 4, welches umfasst:

(i) Maraciclatid;

(ii) ein Strahlenschutzmittel, das aus para-Aminobenzoesäure oder einem Salz davon mit einem biokompatiblen Kation ausgewählt ist;

(iii) ein Zinn(ll)-Reduktionsmittel;

(iv) Methylendiphosphonsäure oder ein Salz davon mit einem biokompatiblen Kation.


 
6. Kit nach Anspruch 5, wobei alle Kit-Komponenten gemeinsam lyophilisiert werden.
 
7. Kit nach Anspruch 5 oder Anspruch 6, welches ferner einen Puffer umfasst.
 
8. Kit nach einem der Ansprüche 5 bis 7, wobei das Zinn(ll)-Reduktionsmittel Zinn(ll)-chlorid ist.
 
9. Verfahren zur Herstellung der radiopharmazeutischen Zusammensetzung nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 4, welches entweder umfasst:

(i) Rekonstitution des Kits nach einem der Ansprüche 5 bis 8 mit einer Zufuhr eines biokompatiblen Trägers, gefolgt vom Zusatz einer Zufuhr von 99mTc in einem mit dem rekonstituierten Kit biokompatiblen Träger; oder

(ii) Rekonstitution des Kits nach einem der Ansprüche 5 bis 8 mit einer Zufuhr von 99mTc in einem biokompatiblen Träger.


 
10. Verwendung des Kits nach einem der Ansprüche 5 bis 8 bei der Herstellung der radiopharmazeutischen Zusammensetzung nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 4.
 
11. Verwendung von para-Aminobenzoesäure oder eines Salzes davon mit einem biokompatiblen Kation, als Strahlenschutzmittel zur Stabilisierung von einem von:

(i) radiopharmazeutischen 99mTc-Maraciclatid-Zusammensetzungen;

(ii) Kits nach einem der Ansprüche 5 bis 8 zur Herstellung von radiopharmazeutischen 99mTc-Maraciclatid-Zusammensetzungen.


 
12. Verwendung der radiopharmazeutischen Zusammensetzung nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 4 in einem Verfahren zur Abbildung des Körpers eines Säugers.
 
13. Verfahren zur Abbildung des Körpers eines Säugers, welches ein Abbilden eines Säugers umfasst, dem zuvor die radiopharmazeutische Zusammensetzung nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 4 verabreicht wurde.
 
14. Verfahren nach Anspruch 13, wobei der Säuger an einer Erkrankung leidet, bei der Integrine exprimiert werden.
 


Revendications

1. Composition radiopharmaceutique qui comprend

(i) du 99mTc-rnaraciclatide ;

(ii) un agent de radioprotection choisi à partir de l'acide para-aminobenzoïque ou d'un sel de celui-ci avec un cation biocompatible ;

dans un véhicule biocompatible sous une forme adéquate pour une administration à un mammifère.
 
2. Composition radiopharmaceutique selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle l'agent de radioprotection est le para-aminobenzoate de sodium.
 
3. Composition radiopharmaceutique selon la revendication 1 ou la revendication 2, dans laquelle l'agent radiopharmaceutique est fourni dans une seringue.
 
4. Composition radiopharmaceutique selon la revendication 1 ou la revendication 2, dans laquelle l'agent de radioprotection est fourni dans un flacon doté d'une fermeture.
 
5. Kit pour la préparation de la composition radiopharmaceutique selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 4, qui comprend :

(i) du maraciclatide ;

(ii) un agent de radioprotection choisi à partir de l'acide para-aminobenzoïque ou d'un sel de celui-ci avec un cation biocompatible ;

(iii) un agent de réduction stanneux ;

(iv) de l'acide méthylène diphosphonique ou un sel de celui-ci avec un cation biocompatible.


 
6. Kit selon la revendication 5, dans lequel tous les composants du kit sont lyophilisés ensemble.
 
7. Kit selon la revendication 5 ou la revendication 6, qui comprend en outre un tampon.
 
8. Kit selon l'une quelconque des revendications 5 à 7, dans lequel l'agent de réduction stanneux est le chlorure stanneux.
 
9. Procédé de préparation de la composition radiopharmaceutique selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 4, qui comprend soit :

(i) la reconstitution du kit selon l'une quelconque des revendications 5 à 8 avec un approvisionnement en véhicule biocompatible, suivie de l'ajout d'un approvisionnement en 99mTc dans un véhicule biocompatible au kit reconstitué ; ou

(ii) la reconstitution du kit selon l'une quelconque des revendications 5 à 8 avec un approvisionnement en 99mTc dans un véhicule biocompatible.


 
10. Utilisation du kit selon l'une quelconque des revendications 5 à 8 dans la préparation de la composition radiopharmaceutique selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 4.
 
11. Utilisation de l'acide para-aminobenzoïque ou d'un sel de celui-ci avec un cation biocompatible, en tant qu'agent de radioprotection pour stabiliser les uns ou les autres :

(i) des compositions radiopharmaceutiques de 99mTc-maraciclatide ;

(ii) des kits selon l'une quelconque des revendications 5 à 8 pour la préparation de compositions radiopharmaceutiques de 99mTc-maraciclatide.


 
12. Utilisation de la composition radiopharmaceutique selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 4 dans un procédé d'imagerie du corps d'un mammifère.
 
13. Procédé d'imagerie du corps d'un mammifère qui comprend l'imagerie d'un mammifère auquel a été auparavant administrée la composition radiopharmaceutique selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 4.
 
14. Procédé selon la revendication 13, dans lequel le mammifère souffre d'une maladie dans laquelle des intégrines sont exprimées.
 




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