This subproject is one of many research subprojects utilizing the resources provided by a Center grant funded by NIH/NCRR. Primary support for the subproject and the subproject's principal investigator may have been provided by other sources, including other NIH sources. The Total Cost listed for the subproject likely represents the estimated amount of Center infrastructure utilized by the subproject, not direct funding provided by the NCRR grant to the subproject or subproject staff. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Unfortunately, no curative treatment exists for metastatic breast cancer. Early diagnosis of breast cancer provides the patients the best opportunities for cures or prolonged survival. Current [18F]FDG (2-[18F]fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose) PET (positron emission tomography) imaging has limited use by relatively low sensitivity and specificity. Novel and more effective imaging probes are urgently needed to improve the detection accuracy of primary, metastatic and recurrent breast cancers. Our strategy to improve the detection accuracy for breast cancer focuses on developing novel radiolabeled gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) peptides to target the GnRH receptors. GnRH receptor is a distinct molecular target in this project for developing more effective breast cancer-specific imaging probes due to its over-expression on human breast cancer cells and specimens. We will synthesize and evaluate a series of novel radiolabeled GnRH peptides in human breast cancer cells and xenografts in this project. Our central hypothesis and research design are strongly supported by our positive preliminary results. Positive results from this project will firstly demonstrate the feasibility of using the radiolabeled GnRH peptides for breast cancer imaging and provide new insight into the design of novel and more effective diagnostic and therapeutic agents for breast cancer.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Exploratory Grants (P20)
Project #
5P20RR016480-11
Application #
8359764
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRR1-RI-4 (01))
Project Start
2011-03-01
Project End
2012-02-29
Budget Start
2011-03-01
Budget End
2012-02-29
Support Year
11
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$107,416
Indirect Cost
Name
New Mexico State University Las Cruces
Department
Chemistry
Type
Schools of Arts and Sciences
DUNS #
173851965
City
Las Cruces
State
NM
Country
United States
Zip Code
88003
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