大学院生 東 祐平さん（東海ヒット）の論文です。
“External pressure dynamics promote kidney viability and perfusate filtration during ex vivo kidney perfusion”
HIGASHI Yuhei†, HOMMA Jun, SEKINE Hidekazu*, YAGO Hiroki, KOBAYASHI Eiji, SHIMIZU Tatsuya
Scientific Reports, 12, 21564(2022)
Normothermic machine perfusion (NMP) has not yet been established as a technique for preserving organs for a day. A key contributing factor to the same is that the perfusing solutions cannot circulate continuously and evenly in the organs. Here, we conceived a method of applying intermittent air pressure from outside the organ to assist its circulatory distribution during perfusion. We used a perfusion culture system while applying external pressure to culture rat kidneys and compared the circulatory distribution in the kidneys, changes in tissue morphology due to injury, and perfusate filtration. The intermittent pressurization (IMP) (-) group showed markedly poorer circulation on the upper side compared with that in the lower side, alongside histological damage. On the other hand, the IMP (+) group showed improved circulation in the upper side and had lesser histological damage. Furthermore, the IMP (+) group maintained the ability to filter perfusate for 24 h. In transplantation medicine and regenerative medicine research, this method has the potential to contribute to more efficient organ preservation and more functional tissue regeneration in the future.