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Binding characteristics of [18F]PI-2620 distinguish the clinically predicted tau isoform in different tauopathies by PET.

J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2021 May 27:271678X211018904. doi: 10.1177/0271678X211018904. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34044665.

Authors/Editors: Song M, Beyer L, Kaiser L, Barthel H, van Eimeren T, Marek K, Nitschmann A, Scheifele M, Palleis C, Respondek G, Kern M, Biechele G, Hammes J, Bischof G, Barbe M, Onur Ö, Jessen F, Saur D, Schroeter ML, Rumpf JJ, Rullmann M, Schildan A, Patt M, Neumaier B, Barret O, Madonia J, Russell DS, Stephens AW, Mueller A, Roeber S, Herms J, Bötzel K, Danek A, Levin J, Classen J, Höglinger GU, Bartenstein P, Villemagne V, Drzezga A, Seibyl J, Sabri O, Boening G, Ziegler S, Brendel M.
Publication Date: 2021


The novel tau-PET tracer [18F]PI-2620 detects the 3/4-repeat-(R)-tauopathy Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and the 4R-tauopathies corticobasal syndrome (CBS) and progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). We determined whether [18F]PI-2620 binding characteristics deriving from non-invasive reference tissue modelling differentiate 3/4R- and 4R-tauopathies. Ten patients with a 3/4R tauopathy (AD continuum) and 29 patients with a 4R tauopathy (CBS, PSP) were evaluated. [18F]PI-2620 PET scans were acquired 0-60 min p.i. and the distribution volume ratio (DVR) was calculated. [18F]PI-2620-positive clusters (DVR ≥ 2.5 SD vs. 11 healthy controls) were evaluated by non-invasive kinetic modelling. R1 (delivery), k2 & k2a (efflux), DVR, 30-60 min standardized-uptake-value-ratios (SUVR30-60) and the linear slope of post-perfusion phase SUVR (9-60 min p.i.) were compared between 3/4R- and 4R-tauopathies. Cortical clusters of 4R-tau cases indicated higher delivery (R1SRTM: 0.92 ± 0.21 vs. 0.83 ± 0.10, p = 0.0007), higher efflux (k2SRTM: 0.17/min ±0.21/min vs. 0.06/min ± 0.07/min, p < 0.0001), lower DVR (1.1 ± 0.1 vs. 1.4 ± 0.2, p < 0.0001), lower SUVR30-60 (1.3 ± 0.2 vs. 1.8 ± 0.3, p < 0.0001) and flatter slopes of the post-perfusion phase (slope9-60: 0.006/min ± 0.007/min vs. 0.016/min ± 0.008/min, p < 0.0001) when compared to 3/4R-tau cases. [18F]PI-2620 binding characteristics in cortical regions differentiate 3/4R- and 4R-tauopathies. Higher tracer clearance indicates less stable binding in 4R tauopathies when compared to 3/4R-tauopathies.

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