Letter abstract

Nature Materials 7, 863 - 868 (2008)
Published online: 19 October 2008 | doi:10.1038/nmat2299

Subject Categories: Polymers | Biomedical materials

Sustained release of a p38 inhibitor from non-inflammatory microspheres inhibits cardiac dysfunction

Jay C. Sy1, Gokulakrishnan Seshadri1, Stephen C. Yang1, Milton Brown1, Teresa Oh1, Sergey Dikalov2, Niren Murthy1 & Michael E. Davis1,2


Cardiac dysfunction following acute myocardial infarction is a major cause of death in the world and there is a compelling need for new therapeutic strategies. In this report we demonstrate that a direct cardiac injection of drug-loaded microparticles, formulated from the polymer poly(cyclohexane-1,4-diylacetone dimethylene ketal) (PCADK), improves cardiac function following myocardial infarction. Drug-delivery vehicles have great potential to improve the treatment of cardiac dysfunction by sustaining high concentrations of therapeutics within the damaged myocardium. PCADK is unique among currently used polymers in drug delivery in that its hydrolysis generates neutral degradation products. We show here that PCADK causes minimal tissue inflammatory response, thus enabling PCADK for the treatment of inflammatory diseases, such as cardiac dysfunction. PCADK holds great promise for treating myocardial infarction and other inflammatory diseases given its neutral, biocompatible degradation products and its ability to deliver a wide range of therapeutics.

  1. Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30322, USA
  2. Division of Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia 30322, USA

Correspondence to: Michael E. Davis1,2 e-mail: michael.davis@bme.emory.edu