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Chemical exchange saturation transfer

Peter C M van Zijl, Wilfred W Lam, Jiadi Xu, Linda Knutsson, Greg J Stanisz
Magnetization Transfer Contrast (MTC) and Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer (CEST) experiments measure the transfer of magnetization from molecular protons to the solvent water protons, an effect that becomes apparent as an MRI signal loss ("saturation"). This allows molecular information to be accessed with the enhanced sensitivity of MRI. In analogy to Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS), these saturation data are presented as a function of the chemical shift of participating proton groups, e.g. OH, NH, NH2, which is called a Z-spectrum...
April 20, 2017: NeuroImage
Dario Livio Longo, Fatima Zzahra Moustaghfir, Alexandre Zerbo, Lorena Consolino, Annasofia Anemone, Martina Bracesco, Silvio Aime
Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer (CEST) approach is a novel tool within magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that allows visualization of molecules possessing exchangeable protons with water. Many molecules, employed as excipients for the formulation of finished drug products, are endowed with hydroxyl, amine or amide protons, thus can be exploitable as MRI-CEST contrast agents. Their high safety profiles allow them to be injected at very high doses. Here we investigated the MRI-CEST properties of several excipients (ascorbic acid, sucrose, N-acetyl-d-glucosamine, meglumine and 2-pyrrolidone) and tested them as tumor-detecting agents in two different murine tumor models (breast and melanoma cancers)...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Lina A Basal, Yan Yan, Yimin Shen, E Mark Haacke, Mohammad Mehrmohammadi, Matthew J Allen
We report, for the first time, a multimodal, oxidation-responsive contrast agent for magnetic resonance imaging and photoacoustic imaging that uses the differences in the properties between Eu in the +2 and +3 oxidation states. The enhancement of contrast in T1-weighted magnetic resonance and photoacoustic imaging was observed in the +2 but not in the +3 oxidation state, and the complex is a known chemical exchange saturation transfer agent for magnetic resonance imaging in the +3 oxidation state.
March 31, 2017: ACS Omega
Gihan Mohammed, Fabienne Trolard, Marina Gillon, Anne-Laure Cognard-Plancq, André Chanzy, Guilhem Bourrié
By combining a crop model (STICS) and a geochemical model (PHREEQC), a new approach to assess the sustainability of agrosystems is proposed. It is based upon aqueous geochemistry and the stepwise modifications of soil solution during its transfer from the surface till aquifer. Meadows of Crau (SE France), irrigated since the 16th century, were field monitored (2012-2015) and modelled. Except for N, the mineral requirements of hay are largely covered by dissolved elements brought by irrigation water with only slight deficits in K and P, which are compensated by P-K fertilizers and the winter pasture by sheep...
April 3, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Matti Hellström, Jörg Behler
Ligand exchange plays an important role for organic and inorganic chemical reactions. We demonstrate the existence of a novel water exchange mechanism, the "proton transfer pathway" (PTP), around Na(+)(aq) in basic (high pH) solution, using reactive molecular dynamics simulations employing a high-dimensional neural network potential. An aqua ligand in the first solvation (hydration) shell around a sodium ion is only very weakly acidic, but if a hydroxide ion is present in the second solvation shell, thermal fluctuations can cause the aqua ligand to transfer a proton to the neighboring OH(-), resulting in a transient direct-contact ion pair, Na(+)-OH(-), which is only weakly bound and easily dissociates...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Xiaoyue Ma, Yan Bai, Yusong Lin, Xiaohua Hong, Taiyuan Liu, Lun Ma, E Mark Haacke, Jinyuan Zhou, Jian Wang, Meiyun Wang
Amide proton transfer (APT) imaging is a noninvasive molecular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique based on the chemical exchange-dependent saturation transfer mechanism. The purpose of this study was to investigate the diagnostic performance of APT MRI in detecting intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) at hyperacute, acute and subacute stages by comparing with susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI). APT MRI and SWI were performed on 33 included patients with ICH by using a 3-T MRI unit. A two-sided Mann-Whitney U test was used to detect differences in APT-weighted (APTw) and SWI signal intensities of ICH at hyperacute, acute and subacute stages...
April 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
Sanhita Sinharay, Christine M Howison, Amanda F Baker, Mark D Pagel
Urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA) promotes tumor invasion and metastasis. The monitoring of uPA activity using molecular imaging may have prognostic value and be predictive for response to anti-cancer therapies. However, the detection of in vivo enzyme activity with molecular imaging remains a challenge. To address this problem, we designed a nonmetallic contrast agent, GR-4Am-SA, that can be detected with chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) MRI. This agent has a peptide that is cleaved by uPA, which causes a CEST signal at 5...
March 29, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
Iman Daryaei, Kyle M Jones, Mark D Pagel
A responsive magnetic resonance (MRI) contrast agent has been developed that can detect the enzyme activity of DT-diaphorase. The agent produced different chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) MRI signals before and after incubation with the enzyme, NADH, and GSH at different pH values whereas it showed good stability in a reducing environment without enzyme.
March 30, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
Dario Livio Longo, Juan Carlos Cutrin, Filippo Michelotti, Pietro Irrera, Silvio Aime
Acute kidney injury (AKI) in mice caused by sustained ischemia followed by reperfusion is associated with acute tubular necrosis and renal dysfunctional blood flow. Although the principal role of the kidney is the maintenance of acid-base balance, current imaging approaches are unable to assess this important parameter, and clinical biomarkers are not robust enough in evaluating the severity of kidney damage. Therefore, novel noninvasive imaging approaches are needed to assess the acid-base homeostasis in vivo...
March 29, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
Patrick J Burns, Jordan M Cox, Janet R Morrow
The solution chemistry and solid state structures of the Co(II), Fe(II), and Ni(II) complexes of N,N'-bis(imidazole-2-ylmethyl)-4,10-diaza-15-crown-5 (HINO) are reported. The Co(II) and Ni(II) complexes of HINO are the first examples of paraCEST agents (paramagnetic chemical exchange saturation transfer) that feature exchangeable imidazole NH protons. The crystal structures of [Co(HINO)]CoCl4·H2O and [Fe(HINO)](CF3SO3)2 have the metal ions coordinated to four nitrogen and three oxygen donor atoms of the macrocyclic ligand in a distorted pentagonal bipyramidal geometry...
March 30, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
Tairan Yuwen, Lewis E Kay
Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer (CEST) experiments are increasingly used to study slow timescale exchange processes in biomolecules. Although (15)N- and (13)C-CEST have been the approaches of choice, the development of spin state selective (1)H-CEST pulse sequences that separate the effects of chemical and dipolar exchange [T. Yuwen, A. Sekhar and L. E. Kay, Angew Chem Int Ed Engl 2016 doi: 10.1002/anie.201610759 (Yuwen et al. 2017)] significantly increases the utility of (1)H-based experiments. Pulse schemes have been described previously for studies of highly deuterated proteins...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular NMR
Rodolphe Pollet, Célia S Bonnet, Pascal Retailleau, Philippe Durand, Éva Tóth
The proton-exchange process between water and a carbamate has been studied experimentally and theoretically in a lanthanide-based paramagnetic chemical exchange saturation transfer agent endowed with potential multimodality detection capabilities (optical imaging, or T1 MRI for the Gd(III) analogue). In addition to an in-depth structural analysis by a combined approach (using X-ray crystallography, NMR, and molecular dynamics), our ab initio simulation in aqueous solution sheds light on the reaction mechanism for this proton exchange, which involves structural Grotthuss diffusion...
March 27, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
Zhongliang Zu, Hua Li, Xiaoyu Jiang, John C Gore
PURPOSE: Some X-ray contrast agents contain exchangeable protons that give rise to exchange-based effects on MRI, including chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST). However, CEST has poor specificity to explicit exchange parameters. Spin-lock sequences at high field are also sensitive to chemical exchange. Here, we evaluate whether spin-locking techniques can detect the contrast agent iohexol in vivo after intravenous administration, and their potential for measuring changes in tissue pH...
March 20, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Pramodh Valluruapalli, Ashok Sekhar, Tairan Yuwen, Lewis E Kay
Although Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer (CEST) type NMR experiments have been used to study chemical exchange processes in molecules since the early 1960s, there has been renewed interest in the past several years in using this approach to study biomolecular conformational dynamics. The methodology is particularly powerful for the study of sparsely populated, transiently formed conformers that are recalcitrant to investigation using traditional biophysical tools, and it is complementary to relaxation dispersion and magnetization transfer experiments that have traditionally been used to study chemical exchange processes...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular NMR
Ulrich Koller, Sebastian Apprich, Benjamin Schmitt, Reinhard Windhager, Siegfried Trattnig
PURPOSE: The glycosaminoglycan (GAG) chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) imaging method (gagCEST) makes it possible to assess and quantify the GAG concentration in human cartilage. This biochemical imaging technique facilitates detection of the loss of GAG in the course of osteoarthritis. The gagCEST technique was used to analyse the perilesional zone (PLZ) adjacent to repair tissue after cartilage repair surgery, to determine whether there are biochemical changes present in the sense of degeneration...
March 10, 2017: International Orthopaedics
Iris Yuwen Zhou, Enfeng Wang, Jerry S Cheung, Xiaoan Zhang, Giulia Fulci, Phillip Zhe Sun
Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer (CEST) MRI is sensitive to dilute metabolites with exchangeable protons, allowing tissue characterization in diseases such as acute stroke and tumor. CEST quantification using multi-pool Lorentzian fitting is challenging due to its strong dependence on image signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), initial values and boundaries. Herein we proposed an Image Downsampling Expedited Adaptive Least-squares (IDEAL) fitting algorithm that quantifies CEST images based on initial values from multi-pool Lorentzian fitting of iteratively less downsampled images until the original resolution...
December 2017: Scientific Reports
Xiao-Yong Zhang, Feng Wang, Hua Li, Junzhong Xu, Daniel F Gochberg, John C Gore, Zhongliang Zu
Chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) imaging of fast exchanging amine protons at 3 ppm offset from the water resonant frequency is of practical interest, but quantification of fast exchanging pools by CEST is challenging. To effectively saturate fast exchanging protons, high irradiation powers need to be applied, but these may cause significant direct water saturation as well as non-specific semi-solid magnetization transfer (MT) effects, and thus decrease the specificity of the measured signal. In addition, the CEST signal may depend on the water longitudinal relaxation time (T1w ), which likely varies between tissues and with pathology, further reducing specificity...
March 8, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
Xiao-Yong Zhang, Feng Wang, Hua Li, Junzhong Xu, Daniel F Gochberg, John C Gore, Zhongliang Zu
Accurate quantification of chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) effects, including dipole-dipole mediated relayed nuclear Overhauser enhancement (rNOE) saturation transfer, is important for applications and studies of molecular concentration and transfer rate (and thereby pH or temperature). Although several quantification methods, such as Lorentzian difference (LD) analysis, multiple-pool Lorentzian fits, and the three-point method, have been extensively used in several preclinical and clinical applications, the accuracy of these methods has not been evaluated...
March 8, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
Susmita Roy, Heiko Lammert, Ryan L Hayes, Bin Chen, Regan LeBlanc, T Kwaku Dayie, José N Onuchic, Karissa Y Sanbonmatsu
Our 13C- and 1H-chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) experiments previously revealed a dynamic exchange between partially closed and open conformations of the SAM-II riboswitch in the absence of ligand. Here, all-atom structure-based molecular simulations, with the electrostatic effects of Manning counter-ion condensation and explicit magnesium ions are employed to calculate the folding free energy landscape of the SAM-II riboswitch. We use this analysis to predict that magnesium ions remodel the landscape, shifting the equilibrium away from the extended, partially unfolded state towards a compact, pre-organized conformation that resembles the ligand-bound state...
March 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
Desmond H Y Tse, Nuno Andre da Silva, Benedikt A Poser, N Jon Shah
PURPOSE: In order to benefit from the increased spectral bandwidth at ultrahigh field (UHF), the use of parallel transmission (pTx) to mitigate flip-angle inhomogeneity in chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) imaging is investigated. THEORY AND METHODS: A pTx basis pulse is homogenised by magnitude least-squares (MLS) optimization and expanded to form a frequency-selective saturation pulse for CEST. The pTx saturation pulse was simulated with a three-pool Bloch-McConnell equation to evaluate the impact of pTx on CEST contrast...
February 28, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
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