Gallium 68 PSMA-11

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Gallium 68 PSMA-11

FDA APPROVED, 12/1/2020, Gallium 68 PSMA-11

For detection and localization of prostate cancer
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Figure 3: Different structures of the different prostate-specific membrane antigen agents

Theranostics 10: 0001 image No. 001

Chemical structure of 18F-labeled radiotracers. [18F]DCFPyL (A), [18F]PSMA-1007 (B), [18F]CTT1057 (C), (D) [18F]JK-PSMA-7 and (E) [18F]AIF-PSMA-11. The urea backbone of (A), (B), (D) and (E) is marked in blue, while the phosphoramidate of [18F]CTT1057 in (C) is highlighted in orange. Modified from Behr et al. [32], © by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Inc.

PSMA-11, also known as HBED-CC-PSMA or Psma-hbed-CC, is used to make gallium Ga 68-labeled PSMA-11, which has potential use as a tracer for PSMA-expressing tumors during positron emission tomography (PET). Upon intravenous administration of gallium Ga 68-labeled PSMA-11, the Glu-urea-Lys(Ahx) moiety targets and binds to PSMA-expressing tumor cells. Upon internalization, PSMA-expressing tumor cells can be detected during PET imaging. PSMA, a tumor-associated antigen and type II transmembrane protein, is expressed on the membrane of prostatic epithelial cells and overexpressed on prostate tumor cells


Name: PSMA-11
CAS#: 1366302-52-4
Chemical Formula: C44H62N6O17
Exact Mass: 946.4171

(3S,7S)-22-(3-(((2-((5-(2-Carboxyethyl)-2-hydroxybenzyl)(carboxymethyl)amino)ethyl)(carboxymethyl)amino)methyl)-4-hydroxyphenyl)-5,13,20-trioxo-4,6,12,19-tetraazadocosane-1,3,7-tricarboxylic acid

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gallium 68 PSMA-11 (Ga 68 PSMA-11), the first drug for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) positive lesions in men with prostate cancer.

Ga 68 PSMA-11, a radioactive diagnostic agent, is indicated for patients with suspected prostate cancer metastasis who are potentially curable by surgery or radiation therapy. It is also indicated for patients with suspected prostate cancer recurrence based on elevated serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels.

The approval was based on efficacy and safety data from 2 prospective clinical trials (Trial 1 and 2) with a total of 960 men with prostate cancer who each received 1 injection of Ga 68 PSMA-11. Trial 1 included 325 patients with biopsy-proven prostate cancer who underwent PET/CT or PET/MRI scans performed with Ga 68 PSMA-11. Results from the study showed that positive readings in the pelvic lymph nodes on Ga 68 PSMA-11 PET were associated with a clinically important rate of metastatic cancer confirmed by surgical pathology in those who proceeded to surgery.

In Trial 2, 635 patients with rising serum PSA levels after prostate surgery or radiotherapy received a single Ga 68 PSMA-11 PET/CT scan or PET/MR scan. Findings demonstrated that 74% of patients had at least 1 positive lesion detected by Ga 68 PSMA-11 PET, and local recurrence or metastasis of prostate cancer was confirmed in 91% of cases.

This is the first drug approved for PET imaging of prostate-specific membrane antigen positive lesions in men with prostate cancer.



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15: Amor-Coarasa A, Schoendorf M, Meckel M, Vallabhajosula S, Babich JW. Comprehensive Quality Control of the ITG 68Ge/68Ga Generator and Synthesis of 68Ga-DOTATOC and 68Ga-PSMA-HBED-CC for Clinical Imaging. J Nucl Med. 2016 Sep;57(9):1402-5. doi: 10.2967/jnumed.115.171249. Epub 2016 Apr 21. PubMed PMID: 27103024.

16: Prasad V, Steffen IG, Diederichs G, Makowski MR, Wust P, Brenner W. Biodistribution of [(68)Ga]PSMA-HBED-CC in Patients with Prostate Cancer: Characterization of Uptake in Normal Organs and Tumour Lesions. Mol Imaging Biol. 2016 Jun;18(3):428-36. doi: 10.1007/s11307-016-0945-x. PubMed PMID: 27038316.

17: Pfister D, Porres D, Heidenreich A, Heidegger I, Knuechel R, Steib F, Behrendt FF, Verburg FA. Detection of recurrent prostate cancer lesions before salvage lymphadenectomy is more accurate with (68)Ga-PSMA-HBED-CC than with (18)F-Fluoroethylcholine PET/CT. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2016 Jul;43(8):1410-7. doi: 10.1007/s00259-016-3366-9. Epub 2016 Mar 19. PubMed PMID: 26993315.

18: Kanthan GL, Coyle L, Kneebone A, Schembri GP, Hsiao E. Follicular Lymphoma Showing Avid Uptake on 68Ga PSMA-HBED-CC PET/CT. Clin Nucl Med. 2016 Jun;41(6):500-1. doi: 10.1097/RLU.0000000000001169. PubMed PMID: 26914565.

19: Kanthan GL, Hsiao E, Kneebone A, Eade T, Schembri GP. Desmoid Tumor Showing Intense Uptake on 68Ga PSMA-HBED-CC PET/CT. Clin Nucl Med. 2016 Jun;41(6):508-9. doi: 10.1097/RLU.0000000000001192. PubMed PMID: 26909712.

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