Fluorinated steroids have found entry into the list of important pharmaceuticals. Fluorinated corticosteroids are being used as topical drugs against rheumatism and inflammatory skin diseases or as inhalation drugs again asthma. A number of fluorinated steroids bind strongly to the estrogen or the progesterone receptor. With the availability of [18F]fluorine as a radiolabel, radiofluorinated steroids are being developed as potential positron emission tomography (PET) imaging agents. This article presents an overview of preparative methods to fluorinated steroids as well as of the uses of these compounds.
- Estrogen receptor ligands
- Positron emission tomography (PET)
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Chemistry
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry