Analysis of [18F]THK-5117 PET data

[18F]THK-5117 is a racemic tracer. Enantiomerically pure (S)-[18F]THK-5117 can be used instead of the racemic mixture if absolute quantification is required, because any differences in metabolism and kinetics between the S- and R-enantiomers would complicate the analysis (Jonasson et al., 2016).

[18F]THK-5117 PET studies have shown good visual separation of healthy subjects and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) patients, with high uptake in brain areas known to have high tau protein content in AD, and different uptake pattern than when using β-amyloid tracer [11C]PIB (Okamura et al., 2014; Harada et al., 2015).

Glymphatic system is a waste clearance system in the CNS. de Leon et al. (2017) have measured the ventricular clearance of [18F]THK-5117, and shown that CSF clearance is impaired in AD patients.


Harada et al. (2015) performed a 90-min PET scan, and calculated the uptake ratios of regions-of-interest and cerebellar cortex. In vivo [18F]THK5117 ROI/cerebellum ratio (60-90 min) in the human brain did not correlate with biopsy verified tau pathology (Leinonen et al., 2018). Jonasson et al. (2016) computed BPND for (S)-[18F]THK-5117 using plasma-input Logan plot, reference-input Logan plot, and SRTM, with cerebellum gray matter as reference region; VOI-based analysis provided robust results with all methods for scan durations of 60 min, and reference-input Logan performed best in computation of parametric images.

In mice tau disease model studies cerebellum has been used as reference region for calculation of SUV ratio and Logan plot (Brendel et al., 2016).

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Updated at: 2019-02-27
Created at: 2015-08-23
Written by: Vesa Oikonen