Spatial distribution of deoxymyoglobin in human muscle: An index of local tissue oxygenation

Tuan Khanh Tran, Napapon Sailasuta, Ralph Hurd, Thomas Jue

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The proximal histidyl N(δ)H signal of myoglobin is detectable in 1H NMR spectra of myocardial and skeletal muscle, and its intensity reflects the intracellular oxygenation. At 1.5 Tesla (T), the typical field strength of clinical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) magnets, the paramagnetic relaxation contribution decreases sufficiently to permit the implementation of chemical shift imaging technique to map the spatial distribution of the deoxy Mb N(δ)H signal from human gastrocnemius muscle. One and two- dimensional chemical shift imaging experiments reveal clearly the localized deoxy Mb signal in muscle and consequently the spatial distribution of the cellular oxygenation. The results indicate the feasibility to assess the pO2 in tissue regions and to directly study the regulation of oxidative metabolism in human tissue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-30
Number of pages5
JournalNMR in Biomedicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1999


  • Hemoglobin
  • Myocardium
  • Myoglobin
  • NMR
  • Oxygen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Spectroscopy
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Biophysics


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