Effect of a leukocyte-depleting filter in an extracorporeal circuit used for low-flow ischemia and reperfusion of equine jejunum

Linda M. Van Hoogmoed, Jack R. Snyder, Jorge Nieto, Faye A. Harmon, Brenna L. Timmerman

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Objective - To determine effect of leukocyte depletion on hematologic, morphologic, and metabolic variables of equine jejunum after induction of arterial low-flow ischemia and reperfusion by use of an extracorporeal circuit. Animals - 14 healthy adult horses. Procedure - A segment of jejunum was surgically removed and maintained in an isolated circuit for 3 hours (control group), arterial flow was reduced to 20% of baseline for 40 minutes followed by 1 hour of reperfusion (low-flow group), or leukocyte depletion was filter-induced, and low-flow ischemia and reperfusion were conducted as in the low-flow control group (filter-treated group). Various metabolic, hemodynamic, and histomorphologic variables were evaluated, including effects of electrical field stimulation and L-N-nitro-arginine-methyl-ester (L-NAME) on contractile activity. Results - The extracorporeal circuit appeared to maintain the jejunum within physiologic limits for an extended period. Low-flow ischemia with reperfusion induced significant differences in various measurements, compared with control specimens. Significant differences were not detected between the low-flow and filter-treated groups. Myeloperoxidase activity was greater in the low-flow group than the control group, whereas a difference was not detected between control and filter-treated groups. Conclusions and Clinical Relevance - The extracorporeal circuit maintained intestine for 3 hours in a physiologic state and may be used for simulation of tissue injury. Leukocyte depletion generally did not attenuate the effects of low-flow ischemia and reperfusion on equine small intestine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-96
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Veterinary Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2001

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