Vascular endothelial growth factor and dexamethasone release from nonfouling sensor coatings affect the foreign body response.

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Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and dexamethasone (DX) release from hydrogel coatings were examined as a means to modify tissue inflammation and induce angiogenesis. Antibiofouling hydrogels for implantable glucose sensor coatings were prepared from 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate, N-vinyl pyrrolidinone, and polyethylene glycol. Microdialysis sampling was used to test the effect of the hydrogel coating on glucose recovery. VEGF-releasing hydrogel-coated fibers increased vascularity and inflammation in the surrounding tissue after 2 weeks of implantation compared to hydrogel-coated fibers. DX-releasing hydrogel-coated fibers reduced inflammation compared to hydrogel-coated fibers and had reduced capsule vascularity compared to VEGF-releasing hydrogel-coated fibers. Hydrogels that released both VEGF and DX simultaneously also showed reduced inflammation at 2 weeks implantation; however, no enhanced vessel formation was observed indicating that the DX diminished the VEGF effect. At 6 weeks, there were no detectable differences between drug-releasing hydrogel-coated fibers and control fibers. From this study, hydrogel drug release affected initial events of the foreign body response with DX inhibiting VEGF, but once the drug depot was exhausted these effects disappeared.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Norton, LW; Koschwanez, HE; Wisniewski, NA; Klitzman, B; Reichert, WM

Published Date

  • June 15, 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 81 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 858 - 869

PubMed ID

  • 17236219

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4070388

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1549-3296

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/jbm.a.31088


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States