The outcomes of organ transplantation have improved due to better immunosuppressive drugs, surgical techniques, and management of complications. However, ischemia-reperfusion injury remains a challenge affecting graft survival. In this study, we employed injection of a protein transduction domain (PTD) to inhibit the c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK) pathway thereby attenuating ischemia-reperfusion injury in a porcine model. The PTD-JNK inhibitor (JNKI) was administered into the renal artery, allowing it to be taken into various elements including vascular endothelial cells by endocytosis via the PTD. Serum creatinine and blood urea nitrogen concentrations were lower among PTD-JNKI than controls. In addition, renal tissue blood flow was maintained in the PTD-JNKI group, resulting in less tissue injury and fewer apoptotic cells. These results suggested that the PTD technique improved renal transplantation outcomes.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2013|
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