Delivering strong 1H nuclear hyperpolarization levels and long magnetic lifetimes through signal amplification by reversible exchange

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Hyperpolarization turns typically weak NMR and MRI responses into strong signals so that ordinarily impractical measurements become possible. The potential to revolutionize analytical NMR and clinical diagnosis through this approach reflect this area's most compelling outcomes. Methods to optimize the low cost parahydrogen based approach signal amplification by reversible exchange (SABRE) with studies on a series of biologically relevant nicotinamides and methyl nicotinates are detailed. These procedures involve specific 2H-labelling in both the agent and catalyst and achieve polarization lifetimes of ca. 2 minutes with 50% polarization in the case of 4,6-d2-methylnicotinate. As a 1.5 T hospital scanner has an effective 1H polarization level of just 0.0005% this strategy should result in compressed detection times for chemically discerning measurements that probe disease. To demonstrate this techniques generality, we exemplify further studies on a range of pyridazine, pyrimidine, pyrazine and isonicotinamide analogues that feature as building blocks in biochemistry and many disease treating drugs.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2016-20457RR
Pages (from-to)E3188-E3194
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number16
Early online date4 Apr 2017
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2017

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