Mehrdad Pourfathi

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Dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) of (15)N2O, known for its long-lived singlet-state order at low magnetic field, is demonstrated in organic solvent/trityl mixtures at ∼1.5 K and 5 T. Both (15)N polarization and intermolecular dipolar broadening are strongly affected by the sample's thermal history, indicating spontaneous formation of N2O clusters. In situ(More)
Metabolic activity in the lung is known to change in response to external insults, inflammation, and cancer. We report measurements of metabolism in the isolated, perfused rat lung of healthy controls and in diseased lungs undergoing acute inflammation using hyperpolarized 1-(13) C-labeled pyruvate. The overall apparent activity of lactate dehydrogenase is(More)
—Intra-uterine fetal ECG monitoring is critical for identical twin gestations because of the increased risk for cardiac defects. Ultrasound echocar-diography is important clinically but it does not provide entirely conclusive information pertaining to the fetal cardiac conduction system. On the other hand, fetal electrocardiography can be obtained(More)
Until recently, molecular imaging using magnetic resonance (MR) has been limited by the modality's low sensitivity, especially with non-proton nuclei. The advent of hyperpolarized (HP) MR overcomes this limitation by substantially enhancing the signal of certain biologically important probes through a process known as external nuclear polarization, enabling(More)
PURPOSE To optimize the production of hyperpolarized 13 C-bicarbonate from the decarboxylation of hyperpolarized [1-13 C]pyruvate and use it to image pH in the lungs and heart of rats with acute lung injury. METHODS Two forms of catalysis are compared calorimetrically to maximize the rate of decarboxylation and rapidly produce hyperpolarized bicarbonate(More)
Ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP) has recently shown promise as a means of more accurately gauging the health of lung grafts and improving graft performance post-transplant. However, reperfusion of ischemic lung promotes the depletion of high-energy compounds and a progressive loss of normal mitochondrial function, and it remains unclear how and to what extent(More)
Earlier Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP) experiments with frozen xenon/1-propanol/trityl mixtures have demonstrated spontaneous formation of pure xenon clusters above 120 K, enabling spectrally-resolved real-time measurements of (129)Xe nuclear magnetization in the clusters and in the surrounding radical-rich matrix. A spin-diffusion bottleneck was(More)
PURPOSE To investigate pulmonary metabolic alterations during progression of acute lung injury. METHODS Using hyperpolarized [1-13 C] pyruvate imaging, we measured pulmonary lactate and pyruvate in 15 ventilated rats 1, 2, and 4 h after initiation of mechanical ventilation. Lung compliance was used as a marker for injury progression. 5 untreated rats were(More)
PURPOSE To present a new cryogenic technique for preparing gaseous compounds in solid mixtures for polarization using dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP). METHODS (129) Xe and (15) N2 O samples were prepared using the presented method. Samples were hyperpolarized at 1.42K at 5 Tesla. (129) Xe was polarized at 1.65K and 1.42K to compare enhancement.(More)
Although relatively metabolically inactive, the lung has an important role in maintaining systemic glycolytic intermediate and cytosolic redox balance. Failure to perform this function appropriately may lead to lung disease progression, including systemic aspects of these disorders. In this study, we experimentally probe the response of the isolated,(More)