Protease inhibitor nafamostat mesilate attenuates complement activation and improves function of xenografts in a discordant lung perfusion model

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Abstract

Background:

Anti-complement activity of nafamostat mesilate (FUT-175) is strong including its variety of pharmacological effects. The effect of FUT-175 for xenografts in an ex vivo guinea pig-to-rat lung perfusion model was evaluated.

Background:

Tagawa T. Protease inhibitor nafamostat mesilate attenuates complement activation and improves function of xenografts in a discordant lung perfusion model.

Methods:

Heparinized Lewis rat blood was used to perfuse the lungs in three groups (n = 6 each). Group I used Lewis rat left lung for donor, Group X used guinea pig left lung for donor, and Group XF used guinea pig left lung for donor, which was perfused with Lewis rat blood with 0.2 mg/ml of FUT-175. Complement activity causing 50% hemolysis (CH50) in the perfusion blood and pulmonary function either before or during perfusion were serially measured. Pathological assessments of the lungs were also carried out after perfusion.

Results:

The duration of satisfactory pulmonary function was significantly increased in Group XF. Complement activity causing 50% hemolysis in Group XF decreased more significantly compared to Group X. FUT-175 suppressed both the increase in pulmonary arterial pressure and airway resistance, and the decrease in dynamic lung compliance. In Group X, pathology showed intra-alveolar hemorrhage, perivascular edema, and medial thickening with endothelial swelling of the pulmonary arteries. In Group XF, less changes were observed compared to Group X. Group X showed deposition of IgM, IgG, and C3 at the endothelium of arteries, which was fewer in Group XF, and even fewer in Group I.

Conclusions:

This study suggests that FUT-175 inhibited complement activation and improved lung xenograft function. FUT-175 ameliorates hyperacute rejection in a guinea pig-to-rat ex vivo xenogeneic lung perfusion model.

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