Human-scale liver harvest and decellularization for preclinical research

Kazuki Tajima, Hiroshi Yagi, Yuko Kitagawa

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Decellularized scaffolds are promising for organ regeneration; to facilitate analyses of decellularization and preclinical research, experiments using large animals are indispensable. An efficient protocol using large animals requires the modification of current methods to account for differences in anatomy, size, stiffness, and animal handling. This chapter describes a method for the decellularization of livers from large animals (especially porcine livers), including anesthesia, organ harvest, organ decellularization, and storage, with a summary of potential pitfalls. This methodology can hypothetically be applied to large animals for preclinical studies and subsequent clinical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745


  • Acellular scaffold
  • Bioengineering
  • Decellularization
  • Extracellular matrix
  • Human scale
  • Porcine liver
  • Preclinical trial
  • Regeneration therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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