Rapid Iododeboronation with and without Gold Catalysis: Application to Radiolabelling of Arenes

Stacey Webster, Kerry M. O'Rourke, Conor Fletcher, Sally L. Pimlott, Andrew Sutherland, Ai-Lan Lee

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Radiopharmaceuticals that incorporate radioactive iodine in combination with single‐photon emission computed tomography imaging play a key role in nuclear medicine, with applications in drug development and disease diagnosis. Despite this importance, there are relatively few general methods for the incorporation of radioiodine into small molecules. This work reports a rapid air‐ and moisture‐stable ipso‐iododeboronation procedure that uses NIS in the non‐toxic, green solvent dimethyl carbonate. The fast reaction and mild conditions of the gold‐catalysed method led to the development of a highly efficient process for the radiolabelling of arenes, which constitutes the first example of an application of homogenous gold catalysis to selective radiosynthesis. This was exemplified by the efficient synthesis of radiolabelled meta‐[125I]iodobenzylguanidine, a radiopharmaceutical that is used for the imaging and therapy of human norepinephrine transporter‐expressing tumours.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)937-943
Number of pages7
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number4
Early online date14 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jan 2018


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