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Electron paramagnetic resonance investigations of paramagnetic centers in whole human blood were carried out at 170 K using X-band EPR spectrometer. The study included a group of patients and healthy volunteers. The EPR signals from high spin Fe3+ ions in transferrin (g = 4.2) and Cu2+ ions in ceruloplasmin (g = 2.05) are characteristic of each frozen blood sample. An overview of all recorded spectra revealed in several cases additional lines derived from high spin Fe3+ ions in methemoglobin (g = 5.8 - 6), free radicals (g = 2.002 - 2.005) and various low spin ferriheme complexes (g = 2.21 - 2.91). The lines from cytochromes (g = 3.03 and 3.27) were observed only twice. The EPR measurements have not confirmed the correlation between the occurrence of a particular type of low-spin iron complex and a specific disease entity. Moreover, the presence of EPR lines from trivalent iron also did not differentiate patients from healthy volunteers.

Free radicals in a conglomerate of peripheral blood with a spin trap investigated by the EPR method before and after angioplasty treatment

The Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) was used to investigate free radicals in the peripheral blood of patients subjected to angioplasty treatment. To detect these free radicals, a nitrosobenzene spin trap was used in this experiment. The EPR spectra of the blood with a spin trap conglomerate was measured at room temperature and at 170 K. To confirm the kind of free radicals in the conglomerate blood-spin trap, simulation and quantum-chemical calculations were made, and the conglomerate spin trap with ascorbic acid was measured. Two different types of radicals, one at room temperature and the other in a frozen sample of blood, were found.

Spin traps in the detection of free radicals in the blood of patients with ischemia

Electron Paramagnetic Resonance and a nitrosobenzene spin trap were used to investigate free radicals in the human blood after angioplasty treatment. The nitrosobenzene anion radical was determined using EPR measurements and quantum-mechanical calculations. Differences were observed in the concentration of free radicals before and after angioplasty treatment. These results were compared with myocardium damage parameters (CPK, MB and TnT).

The aim of this study was to carry out the FMD (flow - mediated dilatation) and NID (nitroglycerin-induced dilatation) tests in the case of patients with hypertension by using new measurement method - High Signal Resolution Pulse Wave (HSR PW). The paper presents new diagnostic method HSR PW which was used to evaluate the pulse wave in patients with arterial hypertension. HSR-PW is a method based on increasing the resolution of the pulse wave signal, recorded during a standard test using the Fourier Transform. The study involved twenty-four patients with hypertension and fifteen healthy people as a control group. The analysis showed that changes of the shape of the pulse wave in HSR PW took place in both groups conducting the FMD and NID tests. The HSR PW method proved to be more sensitive to changes in the body then the standard pulse oximeter and therefore may increase clinical practicability.


This study presents the preliminary results of investigation of the lime mortars and plasters from archaeological excavations in Hippos (Israel), using Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. The research was conducted in order to characterize the building material and its reaction to ionizing radiation. The ancient settlement Hippos, situated on the east shore of the Sea of Galilee, functioned from the 3rd cent. BC until it was destroyed by the earthquake in 749 AD. Lime mortars and plasters show carbonate and locally gypsum character of binder and different kind of aggregate. Samples were γ-irradiated and measured using X-band EPR spectrometer. Computer Resolution Enhancement Method was applied to the complex spectra. Some of the γ-induced EPR signals were attributed to CO2 − and CO3 3− paramagnetic centres. Exponential growth of the dose response curve above 1 kGy and saturation for doses above 20 kGy was observed. For doses lower than 1 kGy the dose response curve has a linear character. The presence of γ-sensitive carbonate paramagnetic centres could indicate that, after further studies, well-chosen samples of mortars and plasters might be suitable for EPR dating, assuming the centres have been sufficiently bleached during the manufacturing process.