BACKGROUND. To further characterize selected pathologic features on a biochemical level, the authors analyzed the nuclear magnetic resonance metabolite and phospholipid spectra of 30 malignant colon tumors using 31P magnetic resonance spectroscopy. METHODS. Eleven individual generic phospholipids were identified in the spectra of 17 phospholipid extracts, and 31 individual phosphatic metabolites were identified in the spectra of 13 perchloric acid extracts. The metabolites and lipids were quantified for statistical intergroup comparisons based on tumor stage, lymph node status, differentiation, mucin production, blood vessel invasion (BVI), and lymphatic vessel invasion (LVI). RESULTS. Significant elevations in the relative concentration of alpha-glycerol phosphate were noted when comparing AJCC tumor classification (T3 vs. T2, 0.92 +/- 0.14 vs. 0.46 +/- 0.11, P
We analyzed 36 esophageal tumor specimens for phospholipid content using phosphorus nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (31P NMR) and correlated the individual phospholipid profiles with specific clinical and histopathologic features. Among the 18 phospholipids identified in the esophageal tumor specimens, the mean mole percentage concentration of dimethylphosphatidylethanolamine, lysoalkylacylphosphatidylcholine, lysophosphatidic acid, lysophosphatidylcholine (deacylated at the glycerol-1 carbon), and lysoethanolamine plasmalogen correlated with pathologic T stage, nuclear grade, or the presence of lymphatic invasion. 31P NMR produces well-dispersed phospholipid spectra and a precise determination of phospholipid relative mole percentages. These data provide a statistical correlation between histopathologic features and molecules known to play an important role in cellular activities and processes unique to malignant tissues.