Targeted delivery of heparin and LMWH using a fibrin antibody prevents restenosis

A C Thomas, Julie H Campbell

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This study investigates a stent-less local delivery system for anti-restenotic agents utilizing antibodies to cross-linked fibrin (XLF). Heparin and low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) were conjugated to an antibody to cross-linked fibrin D-dinner (1D2). Rabbit right carotid arteries were injured with a balloon catheter, then the animals were given a bolus injection of 40 mug/k,g 1D2-heparin (26-70 mug/kg heparin) or 1D2-LMWH (29-80 mug/kg LMWH) conjugates or controls of saline (0.5 ml/kg), heparin (150 U/kg), LMWH (2 mg), or 1D2 (40 mug/kg), with or without a heparin bolus and sacrificed after 2 weeks (8 groups, n = 6/group).

The injured artery of rabbits given 1D2-heparin or 1D2-LMWH conjugates had reduced neointimal development, with decreased luminal narrowing and positive remodelling compared with animals given control drugs. Animals given 1D2-heparin conjugate (with a heparin bolus) had three to five times more endothelial cells than the rabbits given saline or unconjugated heparin, while rabbits given 1D2-LMWH conjugate had up to 59% fewer neointimal cells than those given unconjugated drugs. There was little difference in extracellular matrix organization or composition.

Thus cross-linked fibrin-antibodies can site-deliver anti-restenotic agents to injured areas of the artery wall where they influence wall remodelling and endothelial and neointimal cell number, reducing neointimal formation without systemic complications. Local delivery of anti-restenotic agents should minimise systemic effects, bleeding complications and potentially the cost of treatment due to a single, lower dose. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

Translated title of the contributionTargeted delivery of heparin and LMWH using a fibrin antibody prevents restenosis
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-81
Number of pages9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2004

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