Effect of a nucleoside/nucleotide-free diet in rat allogenic small intestinal transplantation

Keiko Ogita, Sachiyo Suita, Tomoaki Taguchi, Masatoshi Nakamura, Toru Uesugi

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to estimate the effect of nucleoside (NS) and nucleotide (NT) on the recipient and graft immune response after rat allogenic small intestinal transplantation. Seven-week-old Lewis rats were randomly assigned to two groups, including the NS/NT free group (n = 6) and the NS/NT supplemented group (n = 6), according to the diet received. The recipient Lewis rats were each given diet for 12 days, and then, on the nineteenth day of gestation, a 2 cm jejunum from the donor fetal Fischer rat was transplanted into the abdominal wall of the recipient rats using a non-vascular anastomotic technique. The recipient rats were killed on day 2 after transplantation, and then the recipient plasma interleukin-2 (IL-2) level was measured. In addition, the histological findings of the graft were analyzed. The IL-2 level of the NS/NT free group was significantly lower than that of the NS/ NT supplemented group. In order to determine the grade of rejection, the morphological findings were blindly graded on a scale of 0-4. The mean grade of the NS/NT free group was also significantly lower than that of the NS/NT supplemented group. The NS/NT free diet is therefore considered to have an immunosuppressive effect on rat allogenic small intestinal transplantation based on the recipient plasma IL-2 levels and the histological findings of the grafts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-8
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric surgery international
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery

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