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Open Access Preservation by Desiccation of Isolated Rat Hearts for 48 Hours Using Carbon Monoxide (PCO = 4,000 hPa) and Oxygen (PO2 = 3,000 hPa)

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It is currently said that CO has anti-inflammatory and antiapoptosis effects and it has attracted attention as a medical gas. We used CO for rat hearts and conducted a preservation experiment. We isolated rat hearts, placed them into a specially made chamber, filled the chamber with a gas mixture of PCO (4,000 hPa) and PO2 (3,000 hPa), and preserved the hearts in a refrigerator at 4°C for 48 h. We then performed a heterotrophic transplantation on the neck of each recipient rat and resuscitated the preserved hearts. We herein report our findings.

Keywords: Desiccation; Heterotrophic transplantation; Isolated rat heart; Perfluorocarbon (PFC); Preservation; Resuscitation

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Anatomy, Tokyo Medical University, Tokyo, Japan

Publication date: February 1, 2012

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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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