Neurochemical Research

, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp 551–560 | Cite as

An improved apparatus for blood perfusion of the canine cerebral vasculature

  • Lester R. Drewes
Original Articles


An improved perfusion apparatus is described which consists of a membrane oxygenator, roller pump, reservoir, heat exchanger, blood filter, and inert tubing. Heparinized blood may be used and is delivered at flow rates from 10 to 250 ml/min. Dogs are anesthetized with halothane and their cerebral arterial blood supply isolated by the method of Gilboe et al. (8). When the canine brain is perfused for 5 hr using the described apparatus, the rates of cerebral oxygen and glucose consumption are 5.19±0.12 ml/100 g/min and 39.9±6.5 μmol/100 g/min, respectively. Of the total glucose consumed by the brain, about 1/4 is contributed by the erythrocytes. An equivalent of about 9% of the consumed glucose is returned to the blood as lactate. Electron microscopic examination of cerebral cortex samples reveals no differences between 5-hr perfused brain and appropriate nonperfused controls. It is concluded that the apparatus is a useful system for organ perfusion and that the canine brain perfused by this method remains physiologically and metabolically active for at least 5 hr.


Halothane Electron Microscopic Examination Perfuse Brain Cerebral Oxygen Organ Perfusion 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lester R. Drewes
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  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry School of MedicineUniversity of Minnesota, DuluthDuluth

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