Imaging of reactive oxygen species in focal ischemic mouse brain using a radical trapping tracer [3H]hydromethidine

Kohji Abe, Misato Tonomura, Miwa Ito, Nozomi Takai, Natsumi Imamoto, Takemi Rokugawa, Sotaro Momosaki, Kazumi Fukumoto, Kenji Morimoto, Osamu Inoue

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Background: Reactive oxygen species (ROS) have been implicated in the pathophysiology of the brain after ischemic stroke. In this study, we investigate the generation of brain ROS after transient focal ischemia in mice using a radical trapping radiotracer, [3H]-labeled N-methyl-2,3-diamino-6-phenyl-dihydrophenanthridine ([3H]hydromethidine), which we recently reported as a ROS imaging probe. We also examined the effect of dimethylthiourea (DMTU), a hydroxyl radical scavenger, on brain ROS generation and infarct volume after transient focal ischemia in mice. Methods: [3H]Hydromethidine was intravenously injected into mice at 1, 2, 5, and 7 h after transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO), and then, the brain autoradiogram was acquired at 60 min after tracer injection. Brain infarct volumes at 24 h after tMCAO were assessed by 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride staining. Results: Accumulation of radioactivity was observed in the ipsilateral striatum and cortex at 1 h after tMCAO. The increase of radioactivity was attenuated at 2 h after tMCAO and then became maximized at 5 h. The high accumulation of radioactivity remained until 7 h after tMCAO. DMTU treatment significantly attenuated the accumulation of radioactivity in the ipsilateral hemisphere at 1, 5, and 7 h after tMCAO. Brain infarct volumes were also significantly reduced in DMTU-treated mice at 24 h after tMCAO. Conclusions: These results indicated that [3H]hydromethidine is a useful radiotracer for detecting in vivo brain ROS generation such as hydroxyl radical after ischemic injury.

Original languageEnglish
Article number37
JournalEJNMMI Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 29 2015


  • Cerebral ischemia
  • Middle cerebral artery occlusion
  • Reactive oxygen species

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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