In order to develop imaging agents for receptor-positive tumors of the breast and prostate, we have investigated the binding affinity of several fluorine-substituted steroids in the testosterone and nortestosterone series for the androgen receptor and the progesterone receptor. The 6α- and 11β-fluoro-, and 16α-fluoroalkyl-substituted steroids were prepared by an olefin bromofluorination reaction followed by dehydrobromination or reductive debromination. The 17α-fluoromethyl derivatives were prepared by fluoride ion attack on the 17-spiroepoxide or 17-spiro sulfate and the 17α-fluoropropynyl derivative, by reaction of a propargyl alcohol precursor with diethylaminosulfur trifluoride. Of the compounds synthesized, 17α-(3-fluoro-l-propynyl)nortestosterone was found to possess the highest binding affinity and selectivity for the progesterone receptor, and 11β-fluoronordihydrotestosterone had the greatest affinity for the androgen receptor. Both receptor systems seem to tolerate reasonably well the substitution of fluorine for hydrogen.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||13|
|State||Published - 1987|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Medicine