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      Subnormothermic Oxygenated Perfusion Optimally Preserves Donor Kidneys Ex Vivo

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          The current methods of preserving donor kidneys in nonoxygenated cold conditions minimally protect the kidney against ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI), a major source of complications in clinical transplantation. However, preserving kidneys with oxygenated perfusion is not currently feasible due to the lack of an ideal perfusion mechanism that facilitates perfusion with blood at warm temperature. Here, we have designed an innovative renal pump circuit system that can perfuse blood or acellular oxygen carrier under flexible temperatures, pressures, and oxygenation. We have tested this apparatus to study optimal conditions of storage of our porcine model of donation after cardiac death (DCD) kidneys.


          Porcine kidneys were retrieved after 30 minutes of cross-clamping renal pedicles in situ. Cessation of blood mimics postcardiac death in humans and simulates DCD warm ischemic injury. Procured kidneys were flushed and subjected to static cold storage (SCS) for 4 hours. For warm perfusion, kidneys were cannulated for pulsatile oxygenated perfusion with blood:PlasmaLyte for 4 hours at 15 °C, 22 °C, and 37 °C. To mimic posttransplant scenario, all kidneys were reperfused with blood for an additional 4 hours at 37 °C.


          Compared with all other groups, 22 °C perfusion resulted in significant reduction of acute tubular necrosis (ATN), apoptosis, kidney damage markers, Toll-like receptor signaling, and cytokine production. It was associated with maximal renal blood flow and urine output. Kidneys stored at 15 °C thrombosed within 2 hours under this condition. Martius Scarlet Blue staining confirmed that 22 °C was the optimal temperature to minimize hemorrhage and blood clots.


          Our novel study shows that oxygenated perfusion at near-room-temperature provides optimal donor kidney storage conditions.

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              Kidney ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) engages both the innate and adaptive immune responses. Cellular mediators of immunity, such as dendritic cells, neutrophils, macrophages, natural killer T, T, and B cells, contribute to the pathogenesis of renal injury after IRI. Postischemic kidneys express increased levels of adhesion molecules on endothelial cells and toll-like receptors on tubular epithelial cells. Soluble components of the immune system, such as complement activation proteins and cytokines, also participate in injury/repair of postischemic kidneys. Experimental studies on the immune response in kidney IRI have resulted in better understanding of the mechanisms underlying IRI and led to the discovery of novel therapeutic and diagnostic targets.

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                Kidney Int Rep
                Kidney Int Rep
                Kidney International Reports
                22 May 2019
                September 2019
                22 May 2019
                : 4
                : 9
                : 1323-1333
                [1 ]Matthew Mailing Centre for Translational Transplantation Studies, London Health Sciences Centre, London, Ontario, Canada
                [2 ]Department of Surgery, London Health Sciences Centre, London, Ontario, Canada
                [3 ]Western University, London Health Sciences Centre, London, Ontario, Canada
                [4 ]Multi Organ Transplant Program, London Health Sciences Centre, London, Ontario, Canada
                [5 ]Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, London Health Sciences Centre, London, Ontario, Canada
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                [] Correspondence: Patrick P.W. Luke, London Health Sciences, 339 Windermere Road, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5A5. patrick.luke@ 123456lhsc.on.ca
                © 2019 International Society of Nephrology. Published by Elsevier Inc.

                This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).

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