A platform for designing hyperpolarized magnetic resonance chemical probes

Hiroshi Nonaka, Ryunosuke Hata, Tomohiro Doura, Tatsuya Nishihara, Keiko Kumagai, Mai Akakabe, Masashi Tsuda, Kazuhiro Ichikawa, Shinsuke Sando

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    Hyperpolarization is a highly promising technique for improving the sensitivity of magnetic resonance chemical probes. Here we report [ 15N, D9]trimethylphenylammonium as a platform for designing a variety of hyperpolarized magnetic resonance chemical probes. The platform structure shows a remarkably long 15N spin-lattice relaxation value (816 s, 14.1 T) for retaining its hyperpolarized spin state. The extended lifetime enables the detection of the hyperpolarized 15N signal of the platform for several tens of minutes and thus overcomes the intrinsic short analysis time of hyperpolarized probes. Versatility of the platform is demonstrated by applying it to three types of hyperpolarized chemical probes: one each for sensing calcium ions, reactive oxygen species (hydrogen peroxide) and enzyme activity (carboxyl esterase). All of the designed probes achieve high sensitivity with rapid reactions and chemical shift changes, which are sufficient to allow sensitive and real-time monitoring of target molecules by 15N magnetic resonance.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number2411
    JournalNature communications
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • General Chemistry
    • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
    • General Physics and Astronomy


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