Functional Human Liver Preservation and Recovery by Means of Subnormothermic Machine Perfusion
Porte, Robert J.
Uygun, KorkutNote: Order does not necessarily reflect citation order of authors.
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CitationBruinsma, Bote G., James H. Avruch, Pepijn D. Weeder, Gautham V. Sridharan, Basak E. Uygun, Negin G. Karimian, Robert J. Porte, James F. Markmann, Heidi Yeh, and Korkut Uygun. 2015. “Functional Human Liver Preservation and Recovery by Means of Subnormothermic Machine Perfusion.” Journal of Visualized Experiments : JoVE (98): 52777. doi:10.3791/52777. http://dx.doi.org/10.3791/52777.
AbstractThere is currently a severe shortage of liver grafts available for transplantation. Novel organ preservation techniques are needed to expand the pool of donor livers. Machine perfusion of donor liver grafts is an alternative to traditional cold storage of livers and holds much promise as a modality to expand the donor organ pool. We have recently described the potential benefit of subnormothermic machine perfusion of human livers. Machine perfused livers showed improving function and restoration of tissue ATP levels. Additionally, machine perfusion of liver grafts at subnormothermic temperatures allows for objective assessment of the functionality and suitability of a liver for transplantation. In these ways a great many livers that were previously discarded due to their suboptimal quality can be rescued via the restorative effects of machine perfusion and utilized for transplantation. Here we describe this technique of subnormothermic machine perfusion in detail. Human liver grafts allocated for research are perfused via the hepatic artery and portal vein with an acellular oxygenated perfusate at 21 °C.
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