New model for simultaneous heart and kidney transplantation in mice

Minghui Wang, Jie Bai, Marcus Baumann, Uwe Heemann

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Abstract

In clinical settings, combined heart and kidney transplantation results in a lower incidence of cardiac graft and renal graft rejection as compared to isolated heart and kidney transplantation. To study the phenomenon in an experimental setting, we developed a model of combined heart and kidney transplantation in mice. According to our technique, we kept the patch of the infrarenal aorta and inferior vena cava (IVC) as long as possible during the donor's kidney explantation, and then, after finishing the kidney implantation with conventional techniques, we anastomosed the innominate artery and pulmonary artery of the heart graft to the patch of the infrarenal aorta and IVC of the renal graft, respectively, instead of the recipient's aorta and IVC. With the use of our method, combined heart and kidney transplantation in mice can be performed to get enough suture room for the second graft, to avoid prolonging the occlusion time of the recipient's circulation, and to profoundly decrease postoperative complications such as paraplegia and mortality. Of the 14 recipients with combined heart-kidney isografting, 10 have been successful (71.4%), surviving over 100 days with normal function of both grafts, and with lack of change in histological appearance. This suggests that the technique is feasible and reliable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-168
Number of pages5
JournalMicrosurgery
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

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