Measurement of brain oxygenation and metabolism in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis [article]

Thomas Wade Johnson, University Of Calgary, University Of Calgary, Jeff Dunn
Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system, predominantly thought of as a white matter (WM) disease. However, evidence of the importance of grey matter (GM) involvement is beginning to accumulate. In this study, we set out to investigate whether altered oxygenation and metabolism was present in cortical and cerebellar brain GM using an auto-inflammatory mouse model of multiple sclerosis, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). Chronically implanted optical PO2 probes
more » ... directly measured the tissue oxygen environment in GM in awake, unrestrained mice. Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were used to detect hemoglobin oxygen saturation and blood flow in anaesthetized mice. This required the development of NIRS technologies to guide GM imaging. Numerical simulations were performed to determine NIRS sensitivity to brain tissue types in mice, rats and humans. NIRS on mice and rats is very sensitive to GM tissue in comparison to humans, and the region imaged can be determined through inter-fibre separation. Optical fibres were developed and their compatibility tested for use in a 9.4 T MRI system to enable simultaneous NIRS and MRI measurements on mice. The NIRS-MR system was validated by detecting changes in the cerebral metabolic rate for oxygen (CMRO2) when mice were subjected to hypothermia. Hypoxia, as measured by PO2 probes, was present in the cortex and cerebellum in approximately 50% of EAE mice, occurred much more frequently than hyperoxia, correlated with increased behavioural deficits and occurred before behavioural deficits appeared. NIRS-MR measurements found decreased cerebral blood flow, increased oxygen extraction fraction and constant CMRO2 at peak disease in EAE mice with high behavioural scores and inflammation-positive controls; no changes were found in naive controls. Some of these changes correlated with behavioural deficit. GM atrophy was observed in the cerebellar cortex, medulla and thalamus. Overall this study showed that NIRS-MR can [...]
doi:10.11575/prism/26846 fatcat:brrazxgxivaa3j5v3mp7kr4u7a