Radiochemical synthesis and biodistribution of a novel maxi-K potassium channel opener. Academic Article uri icon


  • The racemate 1, ((+/-)-(5-Chloro-2-methoxyphenyl)-1,3-dihydro-3-fluoro-6-(trifluoromethyl)- 2H-indol-2-one), is a potent, specific and novel opener of cloned large-conductance, calcium-activated (maxi-K) potassium channels. One of its enantiomers, BMS-204352 (MaxiPost), is undergoing clinical evaluation for efficacy in patients with suspected acute stroke. In the current study, we have prepared [(18)F]-labeled 1 using a silver assisted nucleophilic substitution to examine its distribution and disposition in the rat, with particular emphasis on the brain. Biodistribution studies in rats confirm that brain uptake is rapid and occurs at high levels, and indicate that a major fraction of the compound in the brain does not accumulate by a specific, saturable mechanism.

publication date

  • January 2002