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Liver transplantation in rat

Hanna Svitina, Inessa Skrypkina, Pavlo Areshkov, Vitaliy Kyryk, Tetiana Bukreieva, Pavlo Klymenko, Liudmyla Garmanchuk, Galyna Lobintseva, Volodymyr Shablii
Transplantation of placenta-derived multipotent cells (PDMCs) is a promising treatment method for many diseases. However, the impact of PDMCs on colon cancer has not yet been studied. PDMCs were obtained from rat placentas by culturing tissue explants. Colon cancer was experimentally induced in male albino Wistar rats by administering 20 mg/kg dimethylhydrazine (DMH) once a week for 20 consecutive weeks. The administration of the PDMCs was performed at the 20th week after the first DMH injection. The number and size of each tumour lesion were calculated in the 5th week after transplantation...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
M Garrido, C Escobar, C Zamora, C Rejas, J Varas, C Córdova, C Papuzinski, M Párraga, S San Martín, S Montedonico
Purpose: Biliary atresia precedes liver cirrhosis and liver transplantation. Amniotic membrane (AM) promotes tissue regeneration, inhibits fibrosis, and reduces inflammation. Here, we test amniotic membrane potential as a therapeutic tool against cholestatic liver fibrosis. Methods: Three groups of rats were used: sham surgery (SS), bile duct ligature (BDL), and bile duct ligature plus human amniotic membrane (BDL + AM). After surgery, animals were sacrificed at different weeks...
2018: Stem Cells International
A C Van Erp, R A Rebolledo, D Hoeksma, N R Jespersen, P J Ottens, R Nørregaard, M Pedersen, C Laustsen, J G M Burgerhof, J C Wolters, J Ciapaite, H E Bøtker, H G D Leuvenink, B Jespersen
Hepatic and renal energy status prior to transplantation correlates with graft survival. However, effects of brain death (BD) on organ-specific energy status are largely unknown. We studied metabolism, perfusion, oxygen consumption, and mitochondrial function in the liver and kidneys following BD. BD was induced in mechanically-ventilated rats, inflating an epidurally-placed Fogarty-catheter, with sham-operated rats as controls. A 9.4T-preclinical MRI system measured hourly oxygen availability (BOLD-related R2*) and perfusion (T1-weighted)...
March 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
Andrey Elchaninov, Timur Fatkhudinov, Natalia Usman, Irina Arutyunyan, Andrey Makarov, Anastasia Lokhonina, Irina Eremina, Viktor Surovtsev, Dmitry Goldshtein, Galina Bolshakova, Valeria Glinkina, Gennady Sukhikh
AIM: To investigate the influence of the umbilical cord-derived multipotent stromal cells (MSCs) on recovery of the liver after the subtotal resection, that is, removal of 80% of the organ mass, a renowned model of the small-for-size liver remnant syndrome. METHODS: The MSCs were obtained from the intervascular tissue of umbilical cords, dissected from rat fetuses, by the explant culture technique. The vital labeling of MSCs with РКН26 was carried out on the 3rd passage...
February 27, 2018: World Journal of Hepatology
Yusuke Sakai, Makiko Koike, Daisuke Kawahara, Hideko Hasegawa, Tomomi Murai, Kosho Yamanouchi, Akihiko Soyama, Masaaki Hidaka, Mitsuhisa Takatsuki, Fumihiko Fujita, Tamotsu Kuroki, Susumu Eguchi
Engineered primary hepatocytes, including co-cultured hepatocyte sheets, are an attractive to basic scientific and clinical researchers because they maintain liver-specific functions, have reconstructed cell polarity, and have high transplantation efficiency. However, co-culture conditions regarding engineered primary hepatocytes were suboptimal in promoting these advantages. Here we report that the hepatocyte morphology and liver-specific function levels are controlled by the normal human diploid fibroblast (TIG-118 cell) layer cell density...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
Chao Du, Mingde Jiang, Xiaolong Wei, Jianpin Qin, Hui Xu, Yunxia Wang, Yong Zhang, Dejiang Zhou, Hongli Xue, Shumei Zheng, Weizheng Zeng
It has been reported that bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) alleviated liver fibrosis. We investigated whether BMSCs transfected with human matrix metalloproteinase 1 (BMSCs/MMP1) would improve their therapeutic effect in liver fibrosis induced by carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) in rats. BMSCs were transfected with an adenovirus carrying enhanced green fluorescence protein (GFP) and human MMP1 gene. BMSCs or BMSCs/MMP1 were directly injected into fibrotic rats via the tail vein. GFP-labeled cells appeared in the fibrotic liver after BMSC transplantation...
February 27, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Pablo Stringa, Nidia Monserrat Arreola, Ane M Andres Moreno, Carlota Largo, Martín Rumbo, Francisco Hernandez
BACKGROUND:  Modified multivisceral transplantation (MMVTx) refers to the use of a graft that includes all abdominal organs except the liver. The use of this type of transplant in children and adults expanded over the last years with good results. However, long-term survival in experimental models has not been reported. Our aim is to describe in detail some technical modifications of MMVTx to obtain long-term survival. MATERIALS AND METHODS:  Syngeneic (Lewis-Lewis) heterotopic MMVTx was performed in 16 male rats (180-250 g)...
February 23, 2018: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Zhi-Hong Chen, Chao Wang, Fa-Xing Wei, Bin-Bin Xu, Jun Liu, Yong Pu, Shou-Liang Zhang, Peng-Cheng Jiang
BACKGROUND: To discuss the effect and mechanism of adenovirus-mediated OX40Ig gene transfer in inducing long-term survival of liver allografts in rats. METHODS: Orthotopic liver transplantation was performed from Lewis to Brown Norway (BN) rats through the modified two-cuffed technique, and all rats were randomly divided equally into four groups: control, AdEGFP, AdOX40Ig, and FK506. The survival times of the rats were recorded. The rats' liver function, serum cytokines, hepatocyte pathology, OX40Ig protein level, and mixed lymphocyte reaction (MLR) with or without recombinant interleukin-2 (rIL-2) were evaluated...
February 15, 2018: Transplant Immunology
Hailin Zhao, Han Huang, Azeem Alam, Qian Chen, Ka Chuen Suen, Jiang Cui, Qizhe Sun, Rele Ologunde, Wenwen Zhang, Qingquan Lian, Daqing Ma
Clinical evidence indicated a possible link between renal injury and remote liver injury. Herein, we investigated whether extracellular histone mediates remote hepatic damage following renal graft ischemia-reperfusion injury, whilst vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is protective against remote hepatic injury. In vitro, hepatocyte HepG2 cultures were treated with histone. In vivo, the Brown-Norway renal graft was stored in 4°C preserving solution for 24 hours and then transplanted into Lewis rat recipient; blood samples and livers from recipients were harvested 24 hours after surgery...
February 15, 2018: American Journal of Transplantation
Francisco Igor Macedo, Joseph J Eid, Milessa Decker, Barry Herschman, Edsa Negussie, Vijay K Mittal
BACKGROUND: Liver regeneration involves hyperplasia and hypertrophy of hepatic cells. The capacity of macroscopic liver tissue to regenerate in ectopic sites is unknown. We aim to develop a novel in vivo model of ectopic liver survivability and regeneration and assess its functionality. METHODS: Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats (n = 23) were divided into four groups: (1) single-stage (SS) group, wedge liver resection was performed, and the parenchyma was directly implanted into the omentum; (2) double-stage (DS) group, omentum pedicle was transposed over the left hepatic lobe followed by wedge liver resection along with omental flap; (3) Biogel + DS group, rats received intraperitoneal injection of inert polymer particles prior to DS; (4) Biogel + DS + portal vein ligation (PVL) group, Biogel + DS rats underwent subsequent PVL...
March 2018: Journal of Surgical Research
Rania Naiem Sherif, Hussein Abdellatif, Noha Hazem, Neven A Ebrahim, Dalia Saleh, Gamal Shiha, Huda Eltahry, Kamal G Botros, Omar M Gabr
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE WORK: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most frequent primary liver malignancy. Chronic liver injuries as chronic hepatitis C and hepatitis B viruses, aflatoxins consumption and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease are well-established causes of HCC. HCC is associated with a series of molecular changes, as alternation in glypican-3, P53 expression and Wnt/β-catenin pathway. Hepatic cancer progenitor cells could contribute to HCC development. This research aimed to study the effectiveness of human CD34+ hematopoietic stem cell on Wnt4 and P53 genes expression, histopathological grading and hepatic progenitor cells percentage in HCC rat model...
February 2018: Tissue & Cell
Yong Tang, Hongpeng Chu, Guojun Cao, Xiaolong Du, Xiaobo Min, Chidan Wan
Warm ischemia reperfusion injury (IRI) plays a key role in biliary complication, which is a substantial vulnerability of liver transplantation. The early pathophysiological changes of IRI are characterized by an excessive inflammatory response. S-Adenosylmethionine (SAM) is an important metabolic intermediate that modulates inflammatory reactions; however, its role in bile duct warm IRI is not known. In this study, male rats were treated with or without SAM (170 μmol/kg body weight) after orthotopic autologous liver transplantation...
February 8, 2018: Molecular Immunology
Jian-Hui Li, Jun-Jun Jia, Wen Shen, Sha-Sha Chen, Li Jiang, Hai-Yang Xie, Lin Zhou, Shu-Sen Zheng
BACKGROUND: Ischemia reperfusion injury (IRI) causes postoperative complications and influences the outcome of the patients undergoing liver surgery and transplantation. Postconditioning (PostC) is a known manual conditioning to decrease the hepatic IRI. Here we aimed to optimize the applicable PostC protocols and investigate the potential protective mechanism. METHODS: Thirty Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into 3 groups: the sham group (n = 5), standard orthotopic liver transplantation group (OLT, n = 5), PostC group (OLT followed by clamping and re-opening the portal vein for different time intervals, n = 20)...
February 2018: Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International: HBPD INT
Federica Rigo, Nicola De Stefano, Victor Navarro-Tableros, Ezio David, Giorgia Rizza, Giorgia Catalano, Nicholas Gilbo, Francesca Maione, Federica Gonella, Dorotea Roggio, Silvia Martini, Damiano Patrono, Mauro Salizzoni, Giovanni Camussi, Renato Romagnoli
BACKGROUND: The gold standard for organ preservation before transplantation is static cold storage, which is unable to fully protect suboptimal livers from ischemia/reperfusion injury. An emerging alternative is normothermic machine perfusion (NMP), which permits organ reconditioning. Here, we aimed to explore the feasibility of a pharmacological intervention on isolated rat livers by using a combination of NMP and human liver stem cells-derived extracellular vesicles (HLSC-EV). METHODS: We established an ex vivo murine model of NMP capable to maintain liver function despite an ongoing hypoxic injury induced by hemodilution...
February 9, 2018: Transplantation
Zsolt Mervai, Krisztina Egedi, Ilona Kovalszky, Kornélia Baghy
BACKGROUND: Diethylnitrosamine is a well known carcinogen that induces cancers of various organs in mice and rats. Using FVB/N mouse strain, here we show that diethylnitrosamine induces primarily lung adenocarcinomas with modest tumor development in the liver, offering a new model to study chemical carcinogenesis in the lung. METHODS: Animals were exposed to a single high dose of diethylnitrosamine, and more than 70% of the mice developed lung cancer. To obtain a new transplantable tumor line, pieces of primary tumors were inoculated and maintained subcutaneously in the same mouse strain...
February 7, 2018: BMC Cancer
Yi Sun, Yang Wang, Liang Zhou, Yizhou Zou, Gengwen Huang, Ge Gao, Shi Ting, Xiong Lei, Xiang Ding
Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) transplantation is a promising treatment for ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI). However, its effects on hepatic IRI were not consistent in the previous studies. 3D spheroid-cultured MSCs enhance their production of trophic and anti-inflammatory properties, but their effects on hepatic IRI remain unclear. In this study, we compared the 3D spheroid-cultured human umbilical derived MSCs (3D UC-MSCs) with 2D-cultured UC-MSCs (2D UC-MSCs) on treating hepatic IRI. The RNA sequencing data showed that suppression of cell mitosis, response to hypoxia, inflammation, and angiogenesis were the top genetic changes in 3D UC-MSCs compared with 2D UC-MSCs...
February 6, 2018: Scientific Reports
B Qu, F Yu, G-N Sheng, W Zhang, Y-M Zhang, Y-L Deng, Y Shi, Z-Y Shen
The rat orthotopic liver transplantation model with extremely short anhepatic phase was established to study its protective effect on the recipients and graft. One hundred fifty adult male Wistar rats were randomly divided into three groups: group A (n = 30), using magnetic rings for the suprahepatic vena cava reconstruction; group B (n = 30), using 7/0 Prolene sutures for suprahepatic vena cava running anastomosis as control; and a sham-operated group (n = 30) as a blank control group. The changes in liver enzyme, serum creatinine, endotoxin, and cytokine levels and histopathology were recorded...
January 2018: Transplantation Proceedings
Zhi-Peng Ji, Yuan-Xin Li, Bao-Xu Shi, Zhuo-Nan Zhuang, Jing-Yan Yang, Sen Guo, Xiao-Zhou Xu, Ke-Sen Xu, Hai-Lin Li
AIM: To investigate the effect of ischaemia and reperfusion (I/R) injury on the Ca2+-ATPase activation in the intestinal tissue of a rat autologous orthotopic liver transplantation model and to determine if hypoxia preconditioning (HP) therapy induces HIF-1α to protect rat intestinal tissue against I/R injury. METHODS: Rats received non-lethal hypoxic preconditioning therapy to induce HIF-1α expression. We used an autologous orthotopic liver transplantation model to imitate the I/R injury in intestinal tissue...
January 21, 2018: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Chengyin Zhang, Zhiqiang Gao, Lijuan Niu, Xuexun Chen
CONTEXT: Triptolide and amlodipine are often simultaneously used for reducing urine protein excretion after renal transplantation in China clinics. OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the effects of triptolide on the pharmacokinetics of amlodipine in male Sprague-Dawley rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The pharmacokinetics of amlodipine (1 mg/kg) with or without triptolide pre-treatment (2 mg/kg/day for seven days) were investigated using a sensitive and reliable LC-MS/MS method...
December 2018: Pharmaceutical Biology
Yi Zhang, Xiaofei Wang, Liwei Mao, Di Yang, Weiwu Gao, Zhiqiang Tian, Mengjie Zhang, Xia Yang, Kuansheng Ma, Yuzhang Wu, Bing Ni
Interleukin-22 (IL-22) is a recently identified regulator of inflammation, but little is known about its role in liver transplantation. Therefore, in this study, we explored the roles and the underlying mechanisms of IL-22 in acute allograft rejection by using a rat allogeneic liver transplantation model. Results showed that allograft liver transplantation led to damage of the parent liver and to significantly increased IL-22 expression in the allograft liver and plasma of the recipient rats compared with the rats who received isografts...
December 29, 2017: Oncotarget
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