Krithika Balasubramanian1, Uma Sharma1, Senthil S. Kumaran1, Anjali Chauhan2, Yogendra K. Gupta2, Naranamangalam R. Jagannathan1
1Department of NMR & MRI Facility, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Delhi, India; 2Department of Pharmacology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Correlation between motor coordination changes and in-vivo metabolite ratios was studied at different stages of de- and re-myelination in an experimental model of multiple sclerosis. Demyelination was induced using lysophosphatidyl choline in the internal capsule (ic) area of rat brain. Significant correlation was observed between motor coordination and metabolite ratio which was attributed to the damage to the myelin around the motor fibers during demyelination leading to decreased N-acetyl aspartate (NAA) and increased choline (Cho). The motor coordination subsequently improved during remyelination resulting in increased NAA and decreased Cho.