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Transplant Proc. 2013 Mar;45(2):523-7. doi: 10.1016/j.transproceed.2012.08.022.

Low-flow perfusion preservation versus static preservation for isolated rat heart: effects on recovery of myocardial function.

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Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing, China.



Clinically, donor hearts cannot be preserved for >6 hours between explantation and recipient implantation. A better approach is needed to preserve donor hearts for a longer time. We tested whether low-flow perfusion (LFP) could satisfactorily preserve isolated rat hearts with histidine-tryptophan-ketoglutarate (HTK) solution or Fuwai modified (FWM) solution.


We divided 32 male Sprague-Dawley rats randomly into 4 groups (n = 8): H1, H2, F1, and F2. The Langendorff heart model immersed isolated hearts in the H1 and F1 groups in HTK or FWM solution for 8 hours at 4 °C. Isolated hearts in the H2 and F2 groups were low-flow perfused with HTK solution and FWM solution for 8 hours at a pressure of 10 cmH(2)O at 4 °C. After 60 minutes reperfusion, we measured recovery of cardiac function, myocardial water content, and leakage of myocardial enzymes.


After reperfusion, no cardiac rebeating was observed among F1 group hearts; in addition, they showed significantly higher myocardial water content and lactate dehydrogenase leakage compared with the other 3 groups (P < .05). The recovery rates of cardiac function among H2 hearts were better than the other 3 groups (P < .05); their myocardial water content and enzyme leakage were less than the other 3 groups (P < .05).


Hypothermic LFP was better than static storage to preserve isolated rat hearts. HTK solution afforded better myocardial protection than FWM.

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