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Isotopic Labels

Isotopic labels are non-radioactive, physically stable, and exist in nature in a certain proportion, harmless to human body. Isotopic labels can be labeled into drug molecules by chemical synthesis, and the concentration of labeled and unlabeled drugs in biological samples can be detected by GC-MS or LC-MS simultaneously. Four stable isotopes are commonly used: 2H, 13C, 15N and 18O.

1. 2H labeled compounds

The application of 2H labeled compounds in biomedical research can be roughly divided into the following four aspects:

  1. Use 2H labeled compounds to determine the total body fluid of organisms by isotope dilution method;
  2. 2H labeled compounds were used to study the metabolic transformation process of exogenous brown endogenous substances in organisms;
  3. The application of 2H labeled compounds effect, increase the stability of drugs, reduce drug side effects, improve the bioavailability of drugs in vivo, enhance the efficacy of drugs;
  4. 2H labeled compounds are used as standards, and in vitro tracer method and GC-MS analysis method are used to detect drug concentration in vivo.

2. 13C labeled compounds

13C-labeled diagnostic reagents are non-invasive, safe and radiation-free, and are suitable for children, pregnant women and other patients. More and more scholars have paid attention to them. At present, 13C diagnostic reagents are widely used in clinical practice. For example, 13C-labeled urea test can be applied to the diagnosis of helicobacter pylori infection. In addition, other compounds labeled with 13C, such as aminopyrine, methacetine, caprylic acid and mixed triglyceride, can also be applied to the diagnosis of other diseases in the digestive system. 13C-labeled amino acids can be used for the diagnosis of tumor cells, the differentiation of tumor recurrence, the differentiation of pathological changes after disease treatment, and the examination of human metabolic function.

3. 15N labeled compounds

15N-labeled compounds can be used as diagnostic agents. 15N-labeled compounds can be applied to the study of disease diagnosis, human metabolism, drug efficacy, disease diagnosis, chemical reaction, catalytic reaction, nitrogen fertilizer application, crop cultivation and other fields. Meanwhile, they can also improve the efficiency and speed of drug research and development, and play an important role in improving medical technology. For example, 15N-labeled DNA can be used for research in genetic engineering. 15N-labeled amino acids can be used for SILAC quantitative testing.

4. 18O labeled compounds

18O labeled compounds are essential for the development of new drugs and have great significance for guiding drug application in human body. 18O labeled compounds can be used in sports medicine, child nutrition, food nutrition, weight loss, astronaut diet and other aspects, with broad prospects for development. 18O labeled water can be used for PET detection. 18O-ATP and 18O-ADP can be used for genomics research. 18O labeled compounds can also be used to trace plant and animal metabolism.

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