Sarmad Siddiqui1, Hoora Shaghaghi1, Stephen J. Kadlececk1, Harrilla Profka1, Rahim Rizi1
1Department of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, United States
It is generally accepted that inflammatory cell activity, particularly that of neutrophils, may contribute to, or even exacerbate existing lung injury. In this study, the uptake of hyperpolarized [1-13C] pyruvate is investigated as a potential marker for inflammation in lung tissue. Excised lungs from a bleomycin-exposed inflammatory rat model were used to study changes in hyperpolarized pyruvate uptake and its conversion to lactate and alanine. Chemical shift imaging was also performed to generate metabolite maps for excised lungs. Significant differences in the production of hyperpolarized lactate were found between the disease inflammatory model and control rats.