Combination of Cold Storage in a Heavy Water-Containing Solution and Post-Reperfusion Hydrogen Gas Treatment Reduces Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury in Rat Livers

Akinobu Taketomi, Hiroki Bochimoto, Kengo Shibata, Kosei Nakamura, Masato Fujiyoshi, Moto Fukai, Norio Kawamura, Shingo Shimada, Sodai Sakamoto, Sunao Fujiyoshi, Takahisa Ishikawa, Tsuyoshi Shimamura

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DOI: 10.1016/j.transproceed.2023.03.061 DOI is the universal ID for this study.

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We previously reported the efficacy of cold storage (CS) using a heavy water-containing solution (Dsol) and post-reperfusion hydrogen gas treatment separately. This study aimed to clarify the combined effects of these treatments. Rat livers were subjected to 48-hour CS and a subsequent 90-minute reperfusion in an isolated perfused rat liver system. The experimental groups were the immediately reperfused control group (CT), the CS with University of Wisconsin solution (UW) group, the CS with Dsol group, the CS with UW and post-reperfusion H2 treatment group (UW-H2), and the CS with Dsol and post-reperfusion H2 group (Dsol-H2). We first compared the Dsol-H2, UW, and CT groups to evaluate this alternative method to conventional CS. The protective potential of the Dsol-H2 group was superior to that of the UW group, as evidenced by lower portal venous resistance and lactate dehydrogenase leakage, a higher oxygen consumption rate, and increased bile production. Multiple comparison tests among the UW, Dsol, UW-H2, and Dsol-H2 groups revealed that both treatments, during CS and after reperfusion, conferred a similar extent of protection and showed additive effects in combination therapy. Furthermore, the variance in all treatment groups appeared smaller than that in the no-treatment or no-stress groups, with excellent reproducibility. In conclusion, combination therapy with Dsol during CS and hydrogen gas after reperfusion additively protects against graft injury.

Publish Year 2023
Country Japan
Rank Positive
Journal Transplantation Proceedings
Primary Topic Liver
Secondary TopicSurgery/Transplantation
Model Rat
Tertiary TopicIschemia-Reperfusion Injury
Vehicle Solution (Dissolved)
pH Neutral
Application Immersion