Albumin-binding PARACEST agents

M. Meser Ali, Mark Woods, Eul Hyun Suh, Zoltan Kovacs, Gyula Tircsó, Piyu Zhao, Vikram D. Kodibagkar, A. Dean Sherry

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Lanthanide complexes (Eu3+, Gd3+ and Yb3+) of two different 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid tetraamide derivatives containing two (2) and four (3) O-benzyl-l-serine amide substituents were synthesized and their chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) and relaxometric properties were examined in the presence and absence of human serum albumin (HSA). Both Eu2 and Eu3 display a significant CEST effect from a single slowly exchanging Eu3+-bound water molecule, making these PARACEST complexes potentially useful as vascular MRI agents. Yb2 also showed a detectable CEST effect from both the Yb3+-bound water protons and the exchangeable NH amide protons, making it potentially useful as a vascular pH sensor. Fluorescence displacement studies using reporter molecules indicate that both Gd2 and Gd3 displace dansylsarcosine from site II of HSA with inhibition constants of 32 and 96 μM, respectively, but neither complex significantly displaces warfarin from site I. Water proton relaxation enhancements of 135 and 171% were observed upon binding of Gd2 and Gd3 to HSA, respectively, at 298 K and pH 7.4.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)855-865
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Albumin binding
  • Chemical exchange saturation transfer agents
  • MRI contrast
  • Paramagnetic relaxation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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