A mouse model of orthotopic vascularized aerated lung transplantation

M. Okazaki, A. S. Krupnick, C. G. Kornfeld, J. M. Lai, J. H. Ritter, S. B. Richardson, H. J. Huang, N. A. Das, G. A. Patterson, A. E. Gelman, D. Kreisel

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Outcomes after lung transplantation are markedly inferior to those after other solid organ transplants. A better understanding of cellular and molecular mechanisms contributing to lung graft injury will be critical to improve outcomes. Advances in this field have been hampered by the lack of a mouse model of lung transplantation. Here, we report a mouse model of vascularized aerated single lung transplantation utilizing cuff techniques. We show that syngeneic grafts have normal histological appearance with minimal infiltration of T lymphocytes. Allogeneic grafts show acute cellular rejection with infiltration of T lymphocytes and recipient-type antigen presenting cells. Our data show that we have developed a physiological model of lung transplantation in the mouse, which provides ample opportunity for the study of nonimmune and immune mechanisms that contribute to lung allograft injury.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1672-1679
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2007


  • Lung transplantation
  • Mice
  • Surgical technique


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