Further evidence that the narrow1H magnetic resonance signals from malignant cells do not arise from intracellular lipid droplets
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1H magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopy of intact viable malignant cells yields high resolution spectra from lipid. In previous studies we have provided evidence that these signals are generated by neutral lipid located in the plasma membrane in unique domains. We show that intracellular lipid droplets do not contribute to the MR signal. Two malignant Chinese hamster ovary cell lines, EOT and its parental line WT were studied. The EOT cells have a more highly resolved lipid spectrum than the WT, a result which correlates with slightly increased levels of triglyceride in highly purified plasma membranes. The intracellular lipid droplets of both lines were quantified using both fluorescence and electron microscopy but no significant differences were observed. Together these results provide evidence that narrow 1H MR signals from malignant cells arise from neutral lipid in the plasma membrane, rather than from intracellular lipid droplets.
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