Biological and dosimetric evaluation of [11C]S-adenosyl Methionine as a potential agent for prostate cancer diagnosis


Florencia Zoppolo1, Erick Mora-Ramirez3,4,5, Laura Reyes1, Elena Vasilskis1, Andrea Paolino1, Williams Porcal1,2, Patricia Oliver1, Eduardo Savio1, Manuel Bardiès3,4, Henry Engler1.

1 Uruguayan Centre of Molecular Imaging (CUDIM), Montevideo, Uruguay.

2 Universidad de la República (UdelaR), Facultad de Química, Montevideo, Uruguay.

3 Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (Inserm), Centre de Recherches en Cancérologie de Toulouse (CRCT), Toulouse, France.

4 Université Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier, CRCT, Toulouse, France.

5 Universidad de Costa Rica, CICANUM, Escuela de Física, San José, Costa Rica.


Corresponding author: Eduardo Savio,, Telephone: +5982 480 3238 Extension 172



Introduction: [11C]Choline ([11C]COL) has been widely used for prostate cancer diagnosis; however, this radiopharmaceutical is not recommended for patients with a low absolute PSA value (< 1 ng/mL) due to its limited sensitivity and specificity. The enzyme glycine N-methyltransferase is overexpressed during prostate cancer progression. It catalyses the methylation of glycine using S-adenosyl methionine (SAM or AdoMet) as a substrate. The authors have previously reported the automated radiosynthesis of [11C]SAM as a potential agent in the diagnosis of aggressive prostate cancer. In this study, a biological and dosimetric evaluation of [11C]SAM was performed.

Results: The evaluation of [11C]SAM in a control group of healthy mouse model showed a relatively high tracer uptake in the kidneys and a rapid blood clearance. Most activity was eliminated in the urine. In a PC3 prostate cancer xenograft tumour model, [11C]SAM tumour uptake was significantly higher in relation to [11C]COL.  The human dosimetry of [11C]SAM was estimated by extrapolating the preclinical results. The mean effective dose was 8.17 x 10-3 mSv/MBq and 2.49 x 10-3 mSv/MBq without and with bladder voiding, respectively. The results for kidneys in humans were comparable to those previously described for [11C]COL.

 Conclusions: The PET/CT studies showed a statistically higher in vivo tumour uptake of [11C]SAM compared to [11C]COL for the cancer xenograft model. The absorbed dose estimations of major organs and the effective dose were determined. The results suggested that [11C]SAM may be a potential PET tracer for prostate cancer diagnosis.


Keywords: prostate cancer; Glycine N-methyltransferase; [11C]SAM; PET radiotracer; small-animal PET/CT; dosimetry.










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