Effect of Systemic Polyelectrolyte Microcapsule Administration on the Blood Flow Dynamics of Vital Organs

Olga A. Sindeeva, Roman A. Verkhovskii, Arkady S. Abdurashitov, Denis V. Voronin, Olga I. Gusliakova, Anastasiia A. Kozlova, Oksana A. Mayorova, Aleksey V. Ermakov, Ekaterina V. Lengert, Nikita A. Navolokin, Valery V. Tuchin, Dmitry A. Gorin, Gleb B. Sukhorukov, Daniil N. Bratashov

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    Polyelectrolyte microcapsules and other targeted drug delivery systems could substantially reduce the side effects of drug and overall toxicity. At the same time, the cardiovascular system is a unique transport avenue that can deliver drug carriers to any tissue and organ. However, one of the most important potential problems of drug carrier systemic administration in clinical practice is that the carriers might cause circulatory disorders, the development of pulmonary embolism, ischemia, and tissue necrosis due to the blockage of small capillaries. Thus, the presented work aims to find out the processes occurring in the bloodstream after the systemic injection of polyelectrolyte capsules that are 5 μm in size. It was shown that 1 min after injection, the number of circulating capsules decreases several times, and after 15 min less than 1% of the injected dose is registered in the blood. By this time, most capsules accumulate in the lungs, liver, and kidneys. However, magnetic field action could slightly increase the accumulation of capsules in the region-of-interest. For the first time, we have investigated the real-time blood flow changes in vital organs in vivo after intravenous injection of microcapsules using a laser speckle contrast imaging system. We have demonstrated that the organism can adapt to the emergence of drug carriers in the blood and their accumulation in the vessels of vital organs. Additionally, we have evaluated the safety of the intravenous administration of various doses of microcapsules.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)389-397
    Number of pages9
    JournalACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2020


    • adaptation
    • autoregulation
    • blood flow
    • embolism
    • imaging flow cytometry
    • intravenous injection
    • microcapsules
    • microcirculation
    • physiological stress
    • speckle contrast imaging
    • systemic administration


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