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J Bioenerg Biomembr. 2004 Aug;36(4):415-9.

Using 31P NMR spectroscopy at 14.1 Tesla to investigate PARP-1 associated energy failure and metabolic rescue in cerebrocortical slices.

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  • 1Department of Anesthesia, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, California 94143-0648, USA.


PARP-1 activation by H(2)O(2) in an acute preparation of superfused, respiring, neonatal cerebrocortical slices was assessed from PAR-polymer formation detected with immunohistochemistry and Western blotting. (31)P NMR spectroscopy at 14.1 Tesla of perchloric acid slice extracts was used to assess energy failure in a 1-h H(2)O(2) exposure as well as in a subsequent 4-h recovery period where the superfusate had no H(2)O(2) and specifically chosen metabolic substrates. Although more data are needed to fully characterize different bioenergetic responses, a high NMR spectral resolution (PCr full-width at half-max approximately.01 ppm) and narrow widths for most metabolites (<.2 ppm) permitted accurate quantifications of spectrally resolved resonances for ADP, ATP, NAD(+)/NADH, and other high energy phosphates. It appears possible to use brain slices to quantitatively study PARP-related, NAD-associated energy failure, and rescue with TCA metabolites.

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