Title

Studies in rat liver perfusion for optimal harvest of hepatocytes

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1-1990

Journal

Journal of Pediatric Surgery

Volume

25

Issue

1

DOI

10.1016/S0022-3468(05)80180-0

Keywords

hepatocyte transplantation.; Liver perfusion

Abstract

Pediatric liver transplantation is successful but donor scarcity is a major limitation. We are studying hepatocyte transplantation as an alternative to provide functional hepatic replacement. This report details the study of rat liver perfusion for optimal harvest of hepatocytes and cell implantation. We performed 128 rat liver perfusions using a technique modified from the two-step enzymatic perfusion described by Seglen. We examined variations in the perfusion technique including: in situ versus isolated organ perfusion, rate, time, antegrade versus retrograde, pulsatile versus continuous flow, temperature, collagenase type, and variables of buffer composition. We have found optimal cell yield and viability under the following conditions: in situ perfusion, continuous flow at 25 cc/min, retrograde perfusion via the inferior vena cava, water bath temperature 38°C, Boehringer-Mannheim collagenase using a nonoxygenated HEPES based perfusion buffer, pH 7.4, for the initial perfusion and the same buffer with 4.8 mmol/L CaCl2 for the collagenase perfusion. These conditions consistently generate cell harvests of 500 to 700×105 cells/g of liver tissue with cell viability between 85% and 95%. © 1990 W.B. Saunders Company.

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