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18F-Labeling strategies for unmodified peptides with [18F]fluoride require 18F-prosthetics for bioconjugation more often with cysteine thiols or lysine amines. Here, we explore selective radical chemistry to target aromatic residues applying C-H 18F-trifluoromethylation. We report a one-step route to [18F]CF3SO2NH4 from [18F]fluoride, and its application to direct [18F]CF3-incorporation at tryptophan or tyrosine residues using unmodified peptides as complex as recombinant human insulin. The fully automated radiosynthesis of octreotide[Trp(2-CF218F)] enables in vivo PET imaging.

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J Am Chem Soc

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