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      Propylthiouracil-coated biodegradable polymer inhibited neointimal formation and enhanced re-endothelialization after vascular injury

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          The drug-eluting stent is a standard approach for the treatment of coronary artery disease. Propylthiouracil (PTU), an antithyroid drug, has been proven to suppress neointimal formation after balloon injury.

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          This study used a biodegradable polymer coating with PTU to test its effects on platelet function, re-endothelialization, and neointimal formation after vascular injury. Electrospinning was used to fabricate hybrid stents and generate PTU-loaded nanofibers.


          PTU-eluting stents maintained a stable release of PTU for 3 weeks. The PTU-coated stent markedly decreased the neointimal formation induced by vascular injury in the descending aorta of rabbits. Moreover, the PTU coating reduced platelet adhesion on the surface of the biodegradable membrane, which was reflected by the decreased expression of adhesion molecule in PTU-treated endothelial cells. The PTU coating enhanced re-endothelialization in injured aortas. In vitro, PTU exerted less suppressive effect on the proliferation and migration of endothelial cells than on those of vascular smooth muscle cells. Furthermore, treatment of endothelial cells with PTU induced phosphorylation (Ser1177) of endothelial nitric oxide synthase as well as its association with heat shock protein 90, supporting the protective role of PTU in endothelial function. The level of thyroid-stimulating hormone remained unchanged during the experimental period.


          This study indicates that PTU can be released locally and steadily in injured aortas, with some local effects but without systemic effects. Furthermore, PTU-coated stents may have beneficial effects on neointimal formation, endothelial cell, and platelet functions.

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              The cellular and molecular processes that control vascular injury responses after percutaneous coronary intervention involve a complex interplay among vascular cells and progenitor cells that control arterial remodeling, neointimal proliferation, and re-endothelialization. Drug-eluting stents (DES) improve the efficacy of percutaneous coronary intervention by modulating vascular inflammation and preventing neointimal proliferation and restenosis. Although positive effects of DES reduce inflammation and restenosis, negative effects delay re-endothelialization and impair endothelial function. Delayed re-endothelialization and impaired endothelial function are linked to stent thrombosis and adverse clinical outcomes after DES use. Compared with bare-metal stents, DES also differentially modulate mobilization, homing, and differentiation of vascular progenitor cells involved in re-endothelialization and neointimal proliferation. The effects of DES on vascular inflammation and repair directly impact clinical outcomes with these devices and dictate requirements for extended-duration dual antiplatelet therapy. Copyright © 2011 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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                Int J Nanomedicine
                Int J Nanomedicine
                International Journal of Nanomedicine
                International Journal of Nanomedicine
                Dove Medical Press
                21 March 2018
                : 13
                : 1761-1771
                [1 ]Cardiovascular Department, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chang-Gung University College of Medicine, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan
                [2 ]Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chang Gung University, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan
                [3 ]Department of Medical Imaging and Intervention, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan
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                Correspondence: Wei-Jan Chen, Cardiovascular Department, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chang-Gung University College of Medicine, Chang-Gung University, Fu-Shin Road Number 5, Kwei-Shan, Tao-Yuan 333, Taiwan, Tel +886 3 328 1200 ext 8162, Fax +886 3 327 1192, Email wjchen@ 123456adm.cgmh.org.tw
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