Novel analysis for improved validity in semi-quantitative 2-deoxyglucose autoradiographic imaging

Neil Dawson, Linda Ferrington, Henry J. Olverman, Paul A. T. Kelly

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The Original [C-14]-2-deoxyglucose autoradiographic imaging technique allows for the quantitative determination of local cerebral glucose utilisation (LCMRglu) [Sokoloff L, Reivich, M, Kennedy C, Desrosiers M. Patlak C, Pettigrew K, et al. The 2-deoxyglucose-C-14 method for measurement of local cerebral glucose utilisation-theory, procedure and normal values in conscious and anestherized albino rats. J Neurochem 1977;28:897-916]. The range of applications to which the quantitative method can be readily applied is limited, however, by the requirement for the intermittent measurement of arterial radiotracer and glucose concentrations throughout the experiment, via intravascular cannulation. Some studies have applied a modified, semi-quantitative approach to estimate LCMRglu while Circumventing the requirement for intravascular cannulation [Kelly S, Bieneman A, Uney J, McCulloch J. Cerebral glucose utilization in transgenic mice over-expressing heat shock protein 70 is altered by dizocilpine. Eur J Neurosci 2002;15(6):945-52; Jordan GR, McCulloch J, Shahid M, Hill DR, Henry B, Horsburgh K. Regionally selective and dose-dependent effects of the ampakines Org 26576 and Org 24448 on local cerebral glucose utilisation in the mouse as assessed by C-14-2-deoxyglucose autoradiography. Neuropharmacology 2005;49(2):254-64]. in this method only a terminal blood sample is collected for the determination of plasma [C-14] and [glucose) and the rate of LCMRglu in each brain region of interest (Ro1) is estimated by comparing the [C-14] concentration in each region relative to a selected control region, which is proposed to demonstrate metabolic stability between the experimental groups. Here we show that the semi-quantitative method has reduced validity in the measurement of LCMRglu as compared to the quantitative method and that the validity of this technique is further compromised by the inability of the methods applied within the analysis to appropriately determine metabolic stability in the selected standard region. To address these issues we have developed a novel form of analysis that provides an index of LCMRglu (iLCMRglu) for application when using the semi-quantitative approach. Provided that the methodological constraints inherent in 2-deoxyglucose autoadiography (e.g. normoglycaemia) are met this analytical technique both increases the validity of LCMRglu estimation by the semi-quantitative method and also allows for its broader experimental application. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-35
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Neuroscience Methods
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2008


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