Microcirculation and Reperfusion Injury in Organ Transplantation

  • Giuseppe Cicco
  • P. C. Panzera
  • G. Catalano
  • V. Memeo
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 566)


There are many interesting aspects regarding hemorheology and tissue oxygenation in organ transplantation (such as liver, kidney, heart, etc.). The ischemia-reperfusion injury syndrome is a very important problem. Much damage in organs appears to be induced by reperfusion injury syndrome. In fact, not only immunological etiopathogenesis but also biochemically-mediated microcirculation alterations can modulate the organ damage induced by ischemia-reperfusion injury during organ transplantation.

During ischemia-reperfusion injury, xanthine oxidase activity, the increase in oxygen free-radicals, and the activation of neuthrophils are all very important. Platelet activating factor (PAT) and LTB4 (promoting neuthrophils adhesiveness), activated by the xanthine oxidase-derived oxidants during reperfusion, activates the final postischemia injury. Much research is necessary in order to gain a fuller knowledge of the microcirculation conditions and oxygenation during organ transplantation.


Nitric Oxide Organ Transplantation Reperfusion Injury Xanthine Oxidase Ischemic Precondition 
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  • P. C. Panzera
  • G. Catalano
  • V. Memeo

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