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      A Pilot Study of Postoperative Animal Welfare as a Guidance Tool in the Development of a Kidney Autotransplantation Model With Extended Warm Ischemia

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          This pilot study aimed to maintain acceptable animal welfare in the development of a porcine autotransplantation model with severe and incremental renal ischemic injury, a model for usage in future intervention studies. Secondary aims were to develop and test methods to collect blood and urine without the need to restrain or use sedative and avoid transportation to optimize welfare of the pig.


          Kidneys from 7 female pigs were subjected to incremental durations of warm ischemia (WI) 30, 45, or 75 minutes by left renal artery and vein clamping. After static cold storage, contralateral nephrectomy was performed, and the injured graft was autotransplanted and animals observed for 14 days. Animal welfare was assessed and recorded using a structured scoring sheet before and 4 days after the kidney autotransplantation. Furthermore, blood samples were drawn daily the first week and every second day the following week using a semi-central venous catheter. An ostomy bag around the genitals was tested for urine collection. Measured glomerular filtration rate was calculated using renal clearance of chromium-51-labeled ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid on day 14.


          None of the 7 animals died during the follow-up. The animal welfare was moderately affected when applying 75 minutes of WI (n = 2), and for that reason WI was not further increased. Pigs with lower WI had no observed welfare issues. With 75 minutes of WI peak, plasma creatinine was 1486 and 1317 µmol/L, reached on day 4. Lowest glomerular filtration rate levels were observed in the pigs with 75 minutes of WI.


          WI up to 75 minutes caused the intended severely impaired renal function without significantly compromising animal welfare. Blood and urine was collected postoperatively without sedation of the pigs or use of a metabolic cage.

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                Transplant Direct
                Transplant Direct
                Transplantation Direct
                Wolters Kluwer Health
                November 2019
                08 October 2019
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                [1 ] Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark.
                [2 ] Department of Renal Medicine, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark.
                [3 ] Department of Clinical Immunology, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark.
                [4 ] Department of Urology, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark.
                [5 ] Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom.
                [6 ] Department of Surgery, Organ Donation and Transplantation, University of Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands.
                [7 ] Department of Internal Medicine, Nephrology and Transplantation, Erasmus MC, University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
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                Correspondence: Stine Lohmann, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, Palle Juul-Jensens Blvd 99, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark. ( stiloh@ 123456clin.au.dk ).
                Copyright © 2019 The Author(s). Transplantation Direct. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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