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      Quantification of the severity of hypoxic-ischemic brain injury in a neonatal preclinical model using measurements of cytochrome-c-oxidase from a miniature broadband-near-infrared spectroscopy system

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          We describe the development of a miniaturized broadband near-infrared spectroscopy system (bNIRS), which measures changes in cerebral tissue oxyhemoglobin ( [ HbO 2 ] ) and deoxyhemoglobin ([HHb]) plus tissue metabolism via changes in the oxidation state of cytochrome-c-oxidase ([oxCCO]). The system is based on a small light source and a customized mini-spectrometer. We assessed the instrument in a preclinical study in 27 newborn piglets undergoing transient cerebral hypoxia-ischemia (HI). We aimed to quantify the recovery of the HI insult and estimate the severity of the injury. The recovery in brain oxygenation ( Δ [ HbDiff ] = Δ [ HbO 2 ] Δ [ HHb ] ), blood volume ( Δ [ HbT ] = Δ [ HbO 2 ] + Δ [ HHb ] ), and metabolism ( Δ [ oxCCO ] ) for up to 30 min after the end of HI were quantified in percentages using the recovery fraction (RF) algorithm, which quantifies the recovery of a signal with respect to baseline. The receiver operating characteristic analysis was performed on bNIRS-RF measurements compared to proton ( H 1 ) magnetic resonance spectroscopic (MRS)-derived thalamic lactate/N-acetylaspartate (Lac/NAA) measured at 24-h post HI insult; Lac/NAA peak area ratio is an accurate surrogate marker of neurodevelopmental outcome in babies with neonatal HI encephalopathy. The Δ [ oxCCO ] -RF cut-off threshold of 79% within 30 min of HI predicted injury severity based on Lac/NAA with high sensitivity (100%) and specificity (93%). A significant difference in thalamic Lac/NAA was noticed ( p < 0.0001 ) between the two groups based on this cut-off threshold of 79% Δ [ oxCCO ] -RF. The severe injury group ( n = 13 ) had 30 % smaller recovery in Δ [ HbDiff ] -RF ( p = 0.0001 ) and no significant difference was observed in Δ [ HbT ] -RF between groups. At 48 h post HI, significantly higher P 31 -MRS-measured inorganic phosphate/exchangeable phosphate pool (epp) ( p = 0.01 ) and reduced phosphocreatine/epp ( p = 0.003 ) were observed in the severe injury group indicating persistent cerebral energy depletion. Based on these results, the bNIRS measurement of the oxCCO recovery fraction offers a noninvasive real-time biomarker of brain injury severity within 30 min following HI insult.

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                Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
                14 November 2019
                October 2019
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                [a ]University College London , Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, London, United Kingdom
                [b ]University College London , Institute for Women’s Health, London, United Kingdom
                [c ]University College London Hospital , Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, London, United Kingdom
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                [* ]Address all correspondence to Ilias Tachtsidis, E-mail: i.tachtsidis@
                NPh-19069R 19069R
                © The Authors. Published by SPIE under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. Distribution or reproduction of this work in whole or in part requires full attribution of the original publication, including its DOI.
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                Figures: 8, Tables: 5, References: 71, Pages: 17
                Funded by: Wellcome Trust
                Award ID: 104580/Z/14/Z
                Funded by: UK Department of Health’s NIHR BRC
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