Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal


This study analyzes the effect of temperature, perfusate composition, pH, and variable manufacturing lots in prolonging kidney allograft survival with Concanavalin A (Con A). Cold temperature (4°C), crystalloid composition of the perfusates, and neutral or mildly alkaline pH were important factors in the effect of Con A on prolonging allograft survival. Also, different lots of Con A from the same manufacturer produced variable results in prolonging survival. Thus, multiple factors should be considered if Con A is to be used to prolong kidney allograft survival.