Normothermic liver machine perfusion as a dynamic platform for regenerative purposes. What does the future have in store for us?

Bianca Lascaris, Vincent E de Meijer, Robert J Porte*

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Liver transplantation has become an immense success; nevertheless, far more recipients are registered on waiting lists than there are available donor livers for transplantation. High-risk, extended criteria donor livers are increasingly used to reduce the discrepancy between organ demand and supply. Especially for high-risk livers, dynamic preservation using machine perfusion can decrease post-transplantation complications and may increase donor liver utilization by resuscitation and viability testing before transplantation. To further increase the availability of donor livers suitable for transplantation, new strategies are required that make it possible to use organs that are initially too damaged to be transplanted. With the current progress in experimental liver transplantation research, (long-term) normothermic machine perfusion may be used in the future as a dynamic platform for regenerative medicine approaches, enabling repair and regeneration of injured donor livers. Currently explored therapeutics such as defatting cocktails, ribonucleic acid interference, senolytics, and stem cell therapy may assist in the repair and/or regeneration of injured livers before transplantation. This review will provide a forecast of the future utility of normothermic machine perfusion for repair and regeneration of damaged donor livers to ultimately decrease the imbalance between donor liver demand and supply.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)825-836
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Hepatology
Issue number3
Early online date6-May-2022
Publication statusPublished - Sept-2022

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