31P NMR spectroscopy was used serially to study rejecting (ACI→LEW) and nonrejecting (ACl→ACl) orthotopic liver transplants in rats. Recipients were evaluated on post‐transplant days 1,3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. The relative changes in phosphomonoester (PME), inorganic phosphate (Pi), high‐energy phosphates and pH were studied. The earliest significant difference between the rejecting and nonrejecting groups was a decrease in the α‐NTP peak area on Day 5. This was followed by significant decreases in β‐NTP and pH, and increases in PME and Pi on Day 7. High‐resolution 31P NMR spectra of perchloric acid extracts demonstrated the PME increase to be due mainly to elevated phosphoethanolamine. Using the parameter (Pi + PME)/(α + β + γ‐NTP), rejecting livers were distinguished from nonrejecting livers at a moderate stage of rejection.
- P NMR
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging