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Sewed revascularization for arterialized liver transplantation in mice


Humar, Bostjan; Raptis, Dimitri Aristotle; Weber, Achim; Graf, Rolf; Clavien, Pierre Alain; Tian, Yinghua (2013). Sewed revascularization for arterialized liver transplantation in mice. Journal of Surgical Research, 184(2):e1-7.

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BACKGROUND: Mouse models of liver transplantation are powerful tools for biomedical research. The cuff method is currently the most popular approach for revascularization of mouse liver grafts, as it is relatively easy to perform hence reducing the anhepatic time. However, the use of cuffs may induce a tissue reaction, causing chronic obstruction of anastomosed vessels, leading to portal hypertension. Here, we applied the suture technique for arterialized liver transplantation in mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Liver transplantation was performed on 14 pairs of C57BL/6 mice. All hepatic vessels were anastomosed by sewing. The bile duct was connected with a stent. The liver grafts were harvested for histology on day 30 after surgery. Serum aspartate transaminase, alkaline phosphatase and bilirubin were measured at d 3, 7, and 30 after implantation. RESULTS: With a mean anhepatic time of 25.78 ± 3 min, the survival rate was 86% (n = 14) at 30 d following surgery. During this period, no significant liver injury was observed as assessed by serum markers and histology. Survival remained stable when grafts were exposed to 6 h cold ischemia prior to implantation. Vessel examination at the end of the studied period revealed an intact patency and a lack of collateral vessel growth. CONCLUSION: Arterialized liver transplantation with sewed revascularization in mice is technically feasible. Both sewing and arterialization seem to be important factors promoting the survival of mouse recipients. The mouse model of suture arterialized orthotopic liver transplantation provides a novel tool for modern transplantation research and might be particularly suited for studies requiring longer-term survival of recipients.

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Mouse models of liver transplantation are powerful tools for biomedical research. The cuff method is currently the most popular approach for revascularization of mouse liver grafts, as it is relatively easy to perform hence reducing the anhepatic time. However, the use of cuffs may induce a tissue reaction, causing chronic obstruction of anastomosed vessels, leading to portal hypertension. Here, we applied the suture technique for arterialized liver transplantation in mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Liver transplantation was performed on 14 pairs of C57BL/6 mice. All hepatic vessels were anastomosed by sewing. The bile duct was connected with a stent. The liver grafts were harvested for histology on day 30 after surgery. Serum aspartate transaminase, alkaline phosphatase and bilirubin were measured at d 3, 7, and 30 after implantation. RESULTS: With a mean anhepatic time of 25.78 ± 3 min, the survival rate was 86% (n = 14) at 30 d following surgery. During this period, no significant liver injury was observed as assessed by serum markers and histology. Survival remained stable when grafts were exposed to 6 h cold ischemia prior to implantation. Vessel examination at the end of the studied period revealed an intact patency and a lack of collateral vessel growth. CONCLUSION: Arterialized liver transplantation with sewed revascularization in mice is technically feasible. Both sewing and arterialization seem to be important factors promoting the survival of mouse recipients. The mouse model of suture arterialized orthotopic liver transplantation provides a novel tool for modern transplantation research and might be particularly suited for studies requiring longer-term survival of recipients.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Division of Surgical Research
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of Pathology and Molecular Pathology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Integrative Human Physiology
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Visceral and Transplantation Surgery
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:23 May 2013 13:08
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:47
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0022-4804
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jss.2013.03.022
PubMed ID:23587457

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