Journal Review in Transplant Surgery: History and Challenges of Xenotransplantation

EP. 489May. 09, 202221:01

Inspired by recent transplant surgery headlines, in this episode we briefly review the history and challenges of xenotransplantation. We discuss an article recently published in the American Journal of Transplantation describing the transplant of a porcine kidney into a human decedent model.

Learning Objectives
·       Understand the timeline of xenotransplantation and its historical challenges
·       Review a recent article that describes the transplantation of a genetically-modified porcine kidney into a brain-dead human model
·       Discuss ongoing obstacles to successful xenotransplantation and next steps

Porrett, P. M., Orandi, B. J., Kumar, V., Houp, J., Anderson, D., Cozette Killian, A., Hauptfeld-Dolejsek, V., Martin, D. E., Macedon, S., Budd, N., Stegner, K. L., Dandro, A., Kokkinaki, M., Kuravi, K. v., Reed, R. D., Fatima, H., Killian, J. T., Baker, G., Perry, J., … Locke, J. E. (2022). First clinical-grade porcine kidney xenotransplant using a human decedent model. American Journal of Transplantation, 22(4).

Schlich, T., & Lutters, B. (2022). Historical perspectives on xenotransplantation. The Lancet, 399(10331).

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