Pharmacodynamics of Streptavidin-Coated Cyanoacrylate Microbubbles Designed for Molecular Ultrasound Imaging

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Abstract

Objectives:

To assess the pharmacodynamic behavior of cyanoacrylate, streptavidin-coated microbubbles (MBs) and to investigate their suitability for molecular ultrasound imaging.

Materials and Methods:

Biodistribution of MBs was analyzed in tumor-bearing mice using γ-counting, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, and ultrasound. Further, vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2-antibody coupled MBs were used to image tumor neovasculature.

Results:

After 1 minute >90% of MBs were cleared from the blood and pooled in the lungs, liver, and spleen. Subsequently, within 1 hour a decent reincrease of MB-concentration was observed in the blood. The remaining MBs were removed by liver and spleen macrophages. About 30% of the phagocytosed MBs were intact after 48 hours. Shell fragments were found in the kidneys only. No relevant MB-accumulation was observed in tumors. In contrast, vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2-specific MBs accumulated significantly within the tumor vasculature (P < 0.05).

Conclusions:

The pharmacokinetic behavior of streptavidin-coated cyanoacrylate MBs has been studied. In this context, the low amount of MBs in tumors after >5 minutes is beneficial for specific targeting of angiogenesis.

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