Estimation of the postmortem duration of mouse tissue by electron spin resonance spectroscopy

Shinobu Ito, Tomohisa Mori, Hideko Kanazawa, Toshiko Sawaguchi

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Electron spin resonance (ESR) method is a simple method for detecting various free radicals simultaneously and directly. However, ESR spin trap method is unsuited to analyze weak ESR signals in organs because of water-induced dielectric loss (WIDL). To minimize WIDL occurring in biotissues and to improve detection sensitivity to free radicals in tissues, ESR cuvette was modified and used with 5,5-dimethtyl-1-pyrroline N-oxide (DMPO). The tissue samples were mouse brain, hart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas, muscle, skin, and whole blood, where various ESR spin adduct signals including DMPO-ascorbyl radical (AsA*), DMPO-superoxide anion radical (OOH), and DMPO-hydrogen radical (H) signal were detected. Postmortem changes in DMPO-AsA* and DMPO-OOH were observed in various tissues of mouse. The signal peak of spin adduct was monitored until the 205th day postmortem. DMPO-AsA* in liver (y = 113.8 - 40.7 log (day), R 1 = - 0.779, R 2 = 0.6, P <.001) was found to linearly decrease with the logarithm of postmortem duration days. Therefore, DMPO-AsA* signal may be suitable for detecting an oxidation stress tracer from tissue in comparison with other spin adduct signal on ESR spin trap method.

Original languageEnglish
Article number973172
JournalJournal of Toxicology
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology


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