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Isolation of Mouse Hepatocytes for Transplantation: A Comparison Between Antegrade and Retrograde Liver Perfusion

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We compared antegrade with retrograde liver perfusion when isolating mouse hepatocytes for hepatocyte transplantation. Male mouse hepatocytes were isolated by different perfusion methods and transplanted into the spleen of congeneic female mice. Retrograde perfusion yielded a larger number of cells (4.90 × 107) than antegrade (4.09 × 107, p < 0.05), but hepatocytes obtained by antegrade perfusion gave higher engraftment efficiency (p < 0.05). More of the transplanted hepatocytes could be recovered from recipient liver with antegrade perfusion than with retrograde perfusion (p < 0.05). Our results indicate that hepatocytes isolated by antegrade perfusion gave a higher engraftment efficiency.
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Keywords: Hepatocyte transplantation; Liver perfusion; Mouse; Real-time PCR; Sex-determining region Y (Sry)

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15161, USA 2: Division of Transplantation Surgery, Department for Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology CLINTEC, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden

Publication date: 2007-08-01

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  • Cell Transplantation publishes original, peer-reviewed research and review articles on the subject of cell transplantation and its application to human diseases. To ensure high-quality contributions from all areas of transplantation, separate section editors and editorial boards have been established. Articles deal with a wide range of topics including physiological, medical, preclinical, tissue engineering, and device-oriented aspects of transplantation of nervous system, endocrine, growth factor-secreting, bone marrow, epithelial, endothelial, and genetically engineered cells, among others. Basic clinical studies and immunological research papers are also featured. To provide complete coverage of this revolutionary field, Cell Transplantation will report on relevant technological advances, and ethical and regulatory considerations of cell transplants. Cell Transplantation is now an Open Access journal starting with volume 18 in 2009, and therefore there will be an inexpensive publication charge, which is dependent on the number of pages, in addition to the charge for color figures. This will allow work to be disseminated to a wider audience and also entitle the corresponding author to a free PDF, as well as prepublication of an unedited version of the manuscript.

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