Change in the Binding of [11C]BU99008 to Imidazoline I2 Receptor Using Brain PET in Zucker Rats.


Department of Radiopharmaceuticals Development, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology, 4-9-1 Anagawa, Inage-ku, Chiba, 263-8555, Japan. [Email]


The imdazoline I2 receptor (I2R) has been found in the feeding centers of the brain, such as the hypothalamus, and certain I2R ligands have been reported to stimulate food intake. Thus, it has been proposed that I2R may play a role in feeding control. [11C]BU99008 was developed as a positron emission tomography (PET) tracer for imaging of I2R. [11C]BU99008 displayed relatively high brain penetration and specific binding by brain PET studies in preclinical studies. Here, we evaluated a pathological condition caused by obesity related to I2R function by quantitative PET study using [11C]BU99008.


I2,Imidazoline receptor,Obesity,Positron emission tomography,Zucker rats,[11C]BU99008,

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