Tircso G., Regueiro-Figueroa M., Nagy V., Garda Z., Garai T., Kalman F. K., Esteban-Gomez D., Tóth E. and Platas-Iglesias C.
Chemistry - A European Journal (2016) 22 (3) 896-901 - doi : 10.1002/chem.201503836
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A highly rigid open-chain octadentate ligand (H4 cddadpa) containing a diaminocylohexane unit to replace the ethylenediamine bridge of 6,6’-[(ethane-1,2 diylbis(carboxymethyl)azanediyl)bis(methylene)]dipicolinic acid (H4 octapa) was synthesized. This structural modification improves the thermodynamic stability of the Gd(3+) complex slightly (log KGdL =20.68 vs. 20.23 for [Gd(octapa)](-) ) while other MRI-relevant parameters remain unaffected (one coordinated water molecule ; relaxivity r1 =5.73 mm(-1) s(-1) at 20 MHz and 295 K). Kinetic inertness is improved by the rigidifying effect of the diaminocylohexane unit in the ligand skeleton (half-life of dissociation for physiological conditions is 6 orders of magnitude higher for [Gd(cddadpa)](-) (t1/2 =1.49x10(5) h) than for [Gd(octapa)](-) . The kinetic inertness of this novel chelate is superior by 2-3 orders of magnitude compared to non-macrocyclic MRI contrast agents approved for clinical use.