Localized drug delivery from drug-eluting stents has been accepted as one of the most promising treatment methods for preventing restenosis after stenting. However, hypersensitivity reactions caused by their nonresorbable polymer coatings and bare-metal stents may result in serious clinical sequelae. Epigallocatechin-3-O-gallate (EGCG), the predominant catechin from tea, has been shown to exert anti-thrombotic, anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative activities. In this study, it was hypothesized that sustainedly released EGCG from biodegradable poly(lactide-co-ε-caprolactone, PLCL) would suppress the proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). EGCG-releasing PLCL (E-PLCL) was prepared by blending PLCL with EGCG. The surface morphology, roughness and melting temperature of PLCL were not changed despite EGCG addition. EGCG was uniformly dispersed into E-PLCL and sustainedly released for periods up to 7 days by controlled diffusion rather than PLCL degradation. Moreover, EGCG did not affect tensile strength at break, but significantly increased the elastic modulus of PLCL. The proliferation of VSMCs onto E-PLCL was significantly suppressed although the cell attachment onto E-PLCL had been higher than that onto PLCL. On the other hand, EGCG-eluting polymeric stents were prepared with neither cracks nor webbings between struts, and their structural integrity was maintained without delamination or destruction. These results suggest that E-PLCL can be potentially applied for fabricating an EGCG-eluting vascular stent, namely an EGCG-eluting polymeric stent, or even an EGCG-releasing polymer-coated metal stent, to prevent thrombosis, inflammation and in-stent restenosis.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Biomedical Engineering