SP3.6 Does a novel preservation solution improve organ performance in an ex-vivo perfusion of porcine liver?Paul Williams, Aaron Quyn, Claire Corps, Peter Lodge
This project aims to compare LS-A (Leeds solution for abdomen) to a gold standard solution, IGL-1 (Institute George-Lopez solution) at clinically acceptable CIT (Cold ischaemic time) in a DCD (Donation after cardiac death) model of porcine liver transplant. An ex-vivo Perfusion device will then provide normothermic machine perfusion to simulate the immediate post-transplant stage.
DCD livers retrieved from landrace pigs, were preserved at 4-hours CIT in LS-A or IGL-1. They were re-perfused on a normothermic machine perfusion device, using autologous blood as a perfusate. Biochemical analysis was performed hourly for various markers of tissue and hepatocyte damage.
Livers stored in LS-A (n=6) and IGL-1 (n=6) have no significant differences when compared for ALT, AST, ALP, LDH and glucose. Perfusate lactate was significantly lower in the LS-A group (p=0.008) as was the perfusate potassium(p=0.001) across the perfusion period.
Analysis has shown significantly lower lactate and potassium in LS-A preserved livers, in DCD retrieval, with 4-hours CIT. There are no other observed significant differences between LS-A and IGL-1 when comparing liver function tests and LDH production. This suggests better tissue preservation with LS-A in the setting of very high risk donor livers. The next stage of the project will look at LS-A vs IGL-1 in an extended preservation period (>14 hours) in a DBD (Donation after brainstem death) model.