Francois Lazeyras1,2, Leo Buhler3, Jean-Paul Vallee1, Antonio Nastasi3, Raphael Ruttimann3, Philippe Morel3, Jean-Bernard Buchs3
1Service of Radiology, University of Geneva and University Hospital of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland; 2Work supported in part by the Center for Biomedical Imaging (CIBM), Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland; 3Visceral and Transplantation Service, University Hospital of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
The experimental studies presented in this paper show that ATP is resynthesized if kidneys are preserved with oxygenated hypothermic pulsatile perfusion (O2+HPP). The development of a MR compatible perfusion device allowed monitoring 31P spectra during continuous perfusion. Our results show that ATP reserve remains high if O2+HP is applied immediately after kidney harvesting. In this condition, PME remains elevated. In opposition, in absence of perfusion, gradual depletion of PME and limited resynthesis of ATP are observed. This technique may bring new insight for marginal organs reanimation and evaluation prior to transplantation.