Twenty-four hour ex-vivo normothermic machine perfusion in rat livers

Omar Haque, Casie A Pendexter, Stephanie E J Cronin, Siavash Raigani, Reiner J de Vries, Heidi Yeh, James F Markmann, Korkut Uygun

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Ex-vivo liver perfusion (EVLP) is an ideal platform to study liver disease, therapeutic interventions, and pharmacokinetic properties of drugs without any patient risk. Rat livers are an ideal model for EVLP due to less organ quality variability, ease of hepatectomy, well-defined molecular pathways, and relatively low costs compared to large animal or human perfusions. However, the major limitation with rat liver normothermic machine perfusion (NMP) is maintaining physiologic liver function on an ex-vivo machine perfusion system. To address this need, our research demonstrates 24-hour EVLP in rats under normothermic conditions. Early (6 hour) perfusate transaminase levels and oxygen consumption of the liver graft are shown to be good markers of perfusion success and correlate with viable 24-hour post-perfusion histology. Finally, we address overcoming challenges in long-term rat liver perfusions such as rising intrahepatic pressures and contamination, and offer future directions necessary to build upon our work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-36
Number of pages10
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020

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