C. Bolzati, F. Refosco, A. Marchiani and P. Ruzza Pages 2656 - 2683 ( 28 )
Receptor-binding peptides have attracted an enormous interest in targeting molecules for the development of tumour specific radiopharmaceutical compounds. The overexpression of many receptors on human tumour makes such peptide-ligands attractive agents for diagnostic imaging and therapy of cancers. The use of solid-phase peptide synthesis and the availability of a wide range of bifunctional chelating agents for the radiolabelling of bioactive peptides with radionuclides have produced a wide variety of useful radiopharmaceutical molecules. For diagnostic purposes, techenetium- 99m is the ideal radionuclide thanks to its nuclear properties and the availability of a low cost portable generator system.
Peptide receptors, radiolabelled peptides, technetium, tumour imaging
Institute of Biomolecular Chemistry of CNR, Padova Unit, via Marzolo 1, 35131 Padova, Italy.