NCI Drug Dictionary

The NCI Drug Dictionary contains technical definitions and synonyms for drugs/agents used to treat patients with cancer or conditions related to cancer. Each drug entry includes links to check for clinical trials listed in NCI's List of Cancer Clinical Trials.

carbon C 11 glutamine
Upon intravenous administration of 11C-glutamine, glutamine is preferentially taken up by cancer cells. Upon PET, the biodistribution and uptake by cancer cells can be assessed. Tumor cells use the amino acid glutamine for nutritional purposes including energy production and growth; as tumor cells proliferate more rapidly than normal healthy cells, glutamine uptake is higher in certain cancer cells. Check for active clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)