bifunctional chelating agent

bifunctional chelating agent

[¦bī¦fəŋk·shən·əl ′kē‚lād·iŋ ‚ā·jənt]
(organic chemistry)
A reagent with a molecular structure that contains a strong metal-chelating group and a chemically reactive functional group.
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Macrocyclics currently manufactures bifunctional chelating agents that safely link radioisotopes to biological targeting molecules such as antibodies which are valuable tools for imaging and therapy of diseases such as cancer.
DOTA-based bifunctional chelating agents have been shown to provide exceptional stability to insure that therapeutic radionuclides do not separate from the monoclonal antibodies that target them to tumors," said William Goeckeler, Ph.