Use of a novel anti-proliferative compound coated on a biopolymer to mitigate platelet-derived growth factor-induced proliferation in human aortic smooth muscle cells: Comparison with sirolimus

Yong Dan Tang, Ambarish Pandey, Antonina Kolmakova, Xin Tong Wang, Subbu S. Venkatraman, Subroto Chatterjee, Freddy Y.C. Boey

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Drug eluting stents (DES) have become a common mode of treatment for stenosis in coronary arteries. However, currently, the use of sirolimus/paclitaxel-coated DES has come under scrutiny, because of their pro-thrombotic effects leading to potential adverse outcomes in the long run. We have previously documented that d-threo-1-phenyl-2-decanoylamino-3-morholino propanol (D-PDMP); an inhibitor of glucosylceramide synthase and lactosylceramide (LacCer) synthase markedly inhibited platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-induced cell proliferation. We have fabricated DES wherein, D-PDMP or sirolimus was coated on to a double layer of poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) on a bare metal stent. The in vitro release of D-PDMP from biopolymer and its consequent effect on PDGF induced proliferation and apoptosis was assessed in human aortic smooth muscle cells (ASMC). D-PDMP was released from biopolymers in a dose-dependent fashion and was accompanied with a decrease in PDGF-induced cell proliferation, but not apoptosis. In contrast, sirolimus markedly increased apoptosis in these cells in addition to inhibiting proliferation. Our mechanistic studies revealed that D-PDMP, but not sirolimus decreased the cellular level of glucosyl and lactosylceramide that accompanied inhibition of PDGF-induced cell proliferation. Our short-term (14 days) in vivo studies in rabbits also attested to the safety and biocompatibility of the D-PDMP coated stents. Our data reveal the superiority of D-PDMP coated biopolymers over sirolimus coated biopolymers in mitigating ASMC proliferation. Such D-PDMP coated stents may be useful for localized delivery of drug to mitigate neo-vascular hyperplasia and other proliferative disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)721-732
Number of pages12
JournalGlycoconjugate Journal
Issue number6 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - Aug 1 2009



  • Aortic smooth muscle cells
  • Biopolymer
  • Drug eluting stent
  • Lactosylceramide
  • Platelet derived growth factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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