Local drug delivery of argatroban from a polymeric-metallic composite stent reduces platelet deposition in a swine coronary model.

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Thrombus formation after intracoronary stent implantation provides a stimulus for neointimal hyperplasia and if excessive can result in stent thrombosis. We tested the hypothesis that local delivery of an antithrombin drug from a polymeric-metallic stent inhibits platelet thrombus formation. An uncoated metal slotted tube, a jellyroll slotted metal stent with an Argatroban-loaded polymeric sleeve, and a jellyroll slotted metal stent with a drug-leached polymeric sleeve were randomly deployed into the coronary arteries of eight juvenile farm swine. Platelet deposition in the stented segments was determined at 2 hr using autologous 111Indium oxime-labeled platelets. Platelet deposition was significantly less in the Argatroban-loaded stents compared to the Argatroban-leached stents (1.40 x 10(8) platelets/cm2 vs. 26.8 x 10(8) platelets/cm2; P=0.005). When corrected for differences in the metal surface area exposed to blood, platelet deposition was significantly lower in the Argatroban-loaded stent (1.74+/-1.95 x 10(8)/cm2) compared to the Argatroban-leached stent (33.5+/-39.1 x 10(8)/cm2; P=0.005) and the uncoated metal stent (36.2+/-73.3 x 10(8)/cm2; P=0.006). In this coronary stent thrombosis model Argatroban has local antithrombotic properties when delivered with a polymer-metallic stent. Improved polymeric designs may reduce risk of thrombus deposition at the site of stent implantation.

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Cited Authors

  • Kruse, KR; Crowley, JJ; Tanguay, JF; Santos, RM; Millare, DS; Phillips, HR; Zidar, JP; Stack, RS

Published Date

  • April 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 46 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 503 - 507

PubMed ID

  • 10216025

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1522-1946

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/(SICI)1522-726X(199904)46:4<503::AID-CCD25>3.0.CO;2-3


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States