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APPROACHES TO EDITING, ASSIGNMENT AND INTERPRETATION OF PROTON SPECTRA

GADIAN, DG; BATES, TE; WILLIAMS, SR; BELL, JD; AUSTIN, SJ; CONNELLY, A; (1991) APPROACHES TO EDITING, ASSIGNMENT AND INTERPRETATION OF PROTON SPECTRA. NMR BIOMED , 4 (2) 85 - 89.

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Abstract

Clinical H-1 spectroscopy of the brain is complemented by parallel analyses of biopsy specimens and by studies of animal models of disease. H-1 spectroscopy has been carried out on perchloric acid extracts of biopsy specimens from patients with intracranial tumours. The data suggest that clinical spectroscopy may be useful in the identification and grading of these tumours. In addition, the spectra from extracts derived from normal white matter add weight to the possibility that acetyl-containing compounds other than N-acetylaspartate may make a significant contribution to the signal at 2.0 ppm in vivo. Edited H-1 spectra of brain metabolites in rats with acute liver failure demonstrate an elevation of glutamine and of lactate, suggesting a role for H-1 spectroscopy in clinical investigations of metabolic encephalopathies. However, the observation and resolution of signals from glutamate and glutamine is more difficult at the lower fields that are available for clinical spectroscopy. Finally, some studies of patients with inborn errors of metabolism are described. It is shown that in a disorder of oxidative metabolism, brain lactate can be detected without the need for complex spectral editing techniques. Investigations of the metabolic abnormalities associated with Canavan's disease have shed further light on a possible role for N-acetylaspartate.

Type: Article
Title: APPROACHES TO EDITING, ASSIGNMENT AND INTERPRETATION OF PROTON SPECTRA
Keywords: MAGNETIC-RESONANCE SPECTROSCOPY, CEREBRAL METABOLITES, HUMAN-BRAIN, INVIVO, INVITRO, H-1-NMR, DISEASE, P-31, H-1
UCL classification: UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Child Health
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/112265
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