Magnetic Targeting Improves the Therapeutic Efficacy of Microbubble-Mediated Obstructive Thrombus Sonothrombolysis.

Thromb Haemost 2019 Sep 2. Epub 2019 Sep 2.

Department of Cardiology, State Key Laboratory of Organ Failure Research, Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China.

Background:  Magnetic targeting may help microbubbles (MBs) reach obstructive thrombi and improve the efficacy of MB-mediated sonothrombolysis, but the role of magnetic targeting in MB-mediated sonothrombolysis remains elusive.

Objectives:  We investigate the feasibility and efficacy of magnetically targeted MB-mediated sonothrombolysis for the treatment of obstructive thrombi.

Materials And Methods:  Red and white thromboembolic models were established in vitro and in vivo. The models were randomly assigned to the control, ultrasound plus control MB (US + C-MB), ultrasound plus magnetic MB (US + M-MB), or US + M-MB + recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator (r-tPA) groups and treated for 30 minutes. The recanalization rate, average blood flow velocity, hindlimb perfusion, and skeletal muscle injury marker levels were recorded.

Results:  The recanalization rate, average blood flow velocity, and hindlimb perfusion in the red and white thromboembolic models were all significantly higher in the US + M-MB and US + M-MB + r-tPA groups than in the control and US + C-MB groups both in vitro and in vivo. Moreover, the levels of the skeletal muscle injury markers were all significantly lower in the US + M-MB and US + M-MB + r-tPA groups than in the other two groups in vivo for both thromboembolic models. However, the thrombolytic effects of red thrombi performed better than those of white thrombi in the US + M-MB + r-tPA group.

Conclusion:  M-MB-mediated sonothrombolysis improves the efficacy of thrombolysis both in vitro and in vivo, and reduces tissue damage in clogging model; thus, this method may serve as a promising approach for treating thrombus-occlusive diseases.

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September 2019
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