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Transplant Proc. 2009 Nov;41(9):3845-8. doi: 10.1016/j.transproceed.2009.04.010.

Protective mechanism of ultrafiltration against cardiopulmonary bypass-induced lung injury.

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Niigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Niigata, Japan.



We previously demonstrated a negative effect of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) in a canine model of single-lung graft function and an improved effect with ultrafiltration during CPB.


To investigate the mechanism of these effects, focusing on cytokines and pulmonary surfactants using real-time quantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).


Fifteen left-sided single-lung transplant procedures were performed in pairs of dogs. The animals were divided into 3 groups. In one group, transplantation was performed without CPB (non-CPB group); in a second group, transplantation was performed with CPB and CPB flow was decreased slowly and pulmonary artery pressure was controlled (CPB group; and in the third group, transplantation was performed with CPB and ultrafiltration (CPB+UF group). Grafted lung specimens were harvested for RT-PCR of cytokines (IL-6, IL-8, and IL-10) and surfactant proteins (SP-A, SP-B, and SP-C).


Real-time quantitative RT-PCR demonstrated increased IL-6 expression in the CPB group compared with the non-CPB group. IL-6 gene expression was suppressed and pulmonary surfactant restored using ultrafiltration. Gene expression of surfactant protein (SP)-A, SP-B, and SP-C was decreased in the CPB group compared with normal lung and ultrafiltration groups, which demonstrated sustained gene expression of SP-A and SP-B.


Cardiopulmonary bypass has negative effects on grafts; however, ultrafiltration attenuates acute lung dysfunction by decreasing the inflammatory response and increasing pulmonary surfactant.

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