Classical pathway complement destruction is not responsible for the loss of human erythrocytes during porcine liver perfusion.
BACKGROUND: Porcine livers perfused with human blood destroy 85% of human erythrocytes (red blood cells [RBC]) during prolonged extracorporeal perfusion, raising the possibility of a complement-mediated graft-versus-host effect. METHODS: Isolated porcine livers were perfused with fresh human blood. Plasma samples were analyzed for complement production by reverse CH50 analysis and porcine immunoglobulin class and specificity by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and flow cytometry. An...Expand abstract
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