Brainstem metabolites in multiple system atrophy of cerebellar type: 3.0-T magnetic resonance spectroscopy study.
ABSTRACT The aim of this study was to find biomarkers of disease severity in multiple system atrophy of cerebellar type by imaging disease specific regions using proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy on a 3.0 T system.
We performed proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy separately in the pons and medulla on 12 multiple system atrophy of cerebellar type patients and 12 age and gender matched control subjects. The metabolite concentrations were estimated from single-voxel proton magnetic resonance spectra measured by point resolved spectroscopy, which were then correlated with clinical severity using Part I, II, and IV of the unified multiple system atrophy rating scale.
Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy showed that myo-inositol concentrations in both the pons and medulla were significantly higher in multiple system atrophy of cerebellar type patients compared to those of the control subjects (P < 0.05). By contrast, total N-acetylaspartate (the sum of N-acetylaspartate and N-acetylaspartylglutamate) and total choline compounds concentrations in both the pons and medulla were significantly lower in multiple system atrophy of cerebellar type patients compared to control subjects (P < 0.05). Creatine concentration in the pons was significantly higher in multiple system atrophy of cerebellar type patients compared to the control subjects (P < 0.05). Furthermore, a significant correlation was found between the myo-inositol/creatine ratio in the pons and clinical severity, defined by the sum score of unified multiple system atrophy rating scale (I+II+IV) (r = 0.76, P < 0.01).
Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy, in conjunction with a 3.0 T system, can be feasible to detect part of pathological changes in the brainstem, such as gliosis and neuronal cell loss, and the metabolites can be used as biomarkers of clinical severity in multiple system atrophy of cerebellar type patients.
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ABSTRACT: In this multinuclear NMR study myo-inositol is identified as a glia-specific marker for in vivo NMR studies. The unusually high inositol concentration may participate in the osmoregulatory system in astrocytes. Primary astrocytes also synthesize and export high amounts of hypotaurine, an intermediate of taurine synthesis. Taurine--another osmolyte--is synthesized from cysteine by astrocytes but not by primary neurons. Taurine as well as hypotaurine is accumulated by neurons from the extracellular medium. 13C NMR labelling results with 2-13C pyruvate indicate a considerable contribution of the anaplerotic pathway in primary neurons from rat. The activity is only half of the activity in primary astrocytes. The ratio of pyruvate carboxylase/malic enzyme activity versus pyruvate dehydrogenase activity reflects the degree of maturation. The 13C isotopomer ratio of glutamate and glutamine is different for pure astrocyte cultures. Therefore, the different isotopomer ratios of glutamate to glutamine obtained from intact brain studies alone do not prove TCA cycle compartimentation in the brain. Finally, the PCr/ATP ratio in primary astrocytes is 3 times higher than in primary neurons. This has to be considered in case of recovery from ischemic insults.Developmental Neuroscience 02/1993; 15(3-5):289-98. · 3.41 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy, localized to the lentiform nucleus, was carried out in 7 patients with the pure or predominantly striatonigral variant (SND) of multiple system atrophy (MSA), 5 patients with the olivopontocerebellar variant of MSA, 9 patients with a clinical diagnosis of idiopathic Parkinson's disease (IPD), and 9 healthy age-matched controls. The MSA group with predominantly striatonigral involvement showed a significant reduction in the N-acetylaspartate (NAA)/creatine ratio (median, 1.19; range, 0.96-2.0; p < 0.02) compared with the NAA/creatine ratio from the control group (median, 1.76; range, 1.61-2.0). In contrast, the IPD group had a normal NAA/creatine ratio (median, 1.82; range, 1.19-2.31; p > 0.05). The NAA/creatine ratio was markedly reduced in 6 of the SND patients and in only 1 IPD patient. The choline/creatine ratio was also significantly lower in the SND group (median, 1.02; range, 0.91-1.23; p < 0.04) compared with the control group (median, 1.22; range, 1.05-1.65). The IPD group showed a normal lentiform choline/creatine ratio (median, 1.13; range, 0.89-1.65; p = 0.25) compared with controls. The olivopontocerebellar group also showed a significant reduction in the NAA/creatine ratio from the lentiform nucleus (median, 1.47; range, 1.22-1.68; p < 0.01) compared with the controls as well as a nonsignificant reduction in the choline/creatine ratio (median, 0.93; range, 0.85-1.27; p < 0.4).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)Annals of Neurology 03/1995; 37(2):204-10. · 11.19 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR) spectroscopy is a noninvasive technique that can provide information on a wide range of metabolites. Marked abnormalities of 1H NMR brain spectra have been reported in patients with neurological disorders, but their neurochemical implications may be difficult to appreciate because NMR data are obtained from heterogeneous tissue regions composed of several cell populations. The purpose of this study was to examine the 1H NMR profile of major neural cell types. This information may be helpful in understanding the metabolic abnormalities detected by 1H NMR spectroscopy. Extracts of cultured cerebellar granule neurons, cortical astrocytes, oligodendrocyte-type 2 astrocyte (O-2A) progenitor cells, oligodendrocytes, and meningeal cells were analyzed. The purity of the cultured cells was > 95% with all the cell lineages, except for neurons (approximately 90%). Although several constituents (creatine, choline-containing compounds, lactate, acetate, succinate, alanine, glutamate) were ubiquitously detectable with 1H NMR, each cell type had distinctive qualitative and/or quantitative features. Our most unexpected finding was a large amount of N-acetyl-aspartate (NAA) in O-2A progenitors. This compound, consistently detected by 1H NMR in vivo, was previously thought to ne present only in neurons. The finding that meningeal cells have an alanine:creatine ratio three to four times higher than astrocytes, neurons, or oligodendrocytes is in agreement with observations that meningiomas express a higher alanine:creatine ratio than gliomas. The data suggest that each individual cell type has a characteristic metabolic pattern that can be discriminated by 1H NMR, even by looking at only a few metabolites (e.g., NAA, glycine, beta-hydroxybutyrate).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)Journal of Neuroscience 03/1993; 13(3):981-9. · 6.91 Impact Factor