Experimental applications of in situ liver perfusion machinery for the study of liver disease

Won Mook Choi, Hyuk Soo Eun, Young Sun Lee, Sun Jun Kim, Myung Ho Kim, Jun Hee Lee, Young Ri Shim, Hee Hoon Kim, Ye Eun Kim, Hyon Seung Yi, Won Il Jeong

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The liver is involved in a wide range of activities in vertebrates and some other animals, including metabolism, protein synthesis, detoxification, and the immune system. Until now, various methods have been devised to study liver diseases; however, each method has its own limitations. In situ liver perfusion machinery, originally developed in rats, has been successfully adapted to mice, enabling the study of liver diseases. Here we describe the protocol, which is a simple but widely applicable method for investigating the liver diseases. The liver is perfused in situ by cannulation of the portal vein and suprahepatic inferior vena cava (IVC), with antegrade closed circuit circulation completed by clamping the infrahe-patic IVC. In situ liver perfusion can be utilized to evaluate immune cell migration and function, hemodynamics and related cellular reactions in each type of hepatic cells, and the metabolism of toxic or other compounds by changing the composition of the circulating media. In situ liver perfusion method maintains liver function and cell viability for up to 2 h. This study also describes an optional protocol using density-gradient centrifugation for the separation of different types of hepatic cells, allowing the determination of changes in each cell type. In summary, this method of in situ liver perfusion will be useful for studying liver diseases as a complement to other established methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-55
Number of pages11
JournalMolecules and cells
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by grants from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (2015R1A2A1A10055551, 2018R1C1B600 4439), the Korea Mouse Phenotyping Project (2014M3A9D 5A01073556) of the National Research Foundation funded by the Ministry of Science & ICT, the Intelligent Synthetic Biology Center of Global Frontier Project funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (2011-0031955) Republic of Korea.


  • Hemodynamics
  • Immune cell
  • In situ perfusion
  • Liver disease
  • Metabolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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