UNIT 7.17 Measurement of Oxygen Radicals and Lipid Peroxidation in Neural Tissues

  1. Edward D. Hall,
  2. Jeffrey M. Bosken

Published Online: 1 JUL 2009

DOI: 10.1002/0471142301.ns0717s48

Current Protocols in Neuroscience

Current Protocols in Neuroscience

How to Cite

Hall, E. D. and Bosken, J. M. 2009. Measurement of Oxygen Radicals and Lipid Peroxidation in Neural Tissues. Current Protocols in Neuroscience. 48:7.17:7.17.1–7.17.51.

Author Information

  1. Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JUL 2009
  2. Published Print: JUL 2009


One of the most completely validated processes involved in secondary tissue damage following acute brain or spinal cord injury and in many chronic neurodegenerative diseases has to do with the pathological formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS). These are generated by multiple mechanisms and give rise to highly reactive oxygen radicals that can damage neuronal, glial, and microvascular elements. Particular interest has centered upon oxygen radical-induced, iron-catalyzed lipid peroxidation (LP) as the principal mechanism of neuronal injury associated with oxygen radicals. Thus, there has been a growing interest in monitoring increased oxygen radical levels as an index of oxidative stress, as well as measuring markers of LP-associated oxidative injury in in vitro and in vivo model systems and neurological patient samples. Accordingly, the purpose of this unit is to provide a variety of methods for the measurement of hydroxyl radical formation and/or LP in nervous tissue or biofluids.Curr. Protoc. Neurosci. 48:7.17.1-7.17.51. © 2009 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


  • reactive oxygen species;
  • reactive nitrogen species;
  • oxygen-free radicals;
  • lipid peroxidation