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Fucoidan-coated coils improve healing in a rabbit elastase aneurysm model


Background Recanalization of coiled aneurysms remains unresolved. To limit aneurysm recanalization after embolization with coils, we propose an innovative approach to optimize aneurysm healing using fucoidan-coated coils.

Objective To evaluate the short-term efficacy and long-term safety of the new coil system with conventional angiography, histology, and multiphoton microscopy for follow-up of fibrosis and neointima formation.

Methods We conducted a feasibility study on rabbit elastase-induced aneurysms. Embolization was carried out with bare platinum coils, fucoidan-coated coils, or dextran-coated coils. Aneurysms were controlled after 1 month by digital subtraction angiography (DSA). Aneurysm samples were collected and processed for histological analysis. Aneurysm healing and fibrosis were measured by quantifying collagen according to the histological healing score by combining standard light microscopy and multiphoton imaging. We divided 27 rabbits into three groups: bare platinum group, fucoidan group, and dextran group as controls.

Results Angiographic grading showed a trend toward less recanalization in the fucoidan group, although there were no significant differences among the three groups (P=0.21). Histological healing was significantly different according to the presence of more collagen in the neck area of aneurysms in the fucoidan group versus the bare platinum group (P=0.011), but not in the dextran group. Histological index was significantly better at the aneurysm neck in the fucoidan group than in the bare platinum group (P=0.004). Collagen organization index was also significantly better in the fucoidan group than in the bare platinum group (P=0.007).

Conclusion This proof-of-concept study demonstrated the feasibility and efficacy of treatment with fucoidan-coated coils to improve aneurysm healing. The results in this rabbit in vivo model showed that fucoidan-coated coils have the potential to improve healing following endovascular treatment.

  • Aneurysm
  • Coil
  • Bioactive

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Data are available upon reasonable request. All data relevant to the study are included in the article or uploaded as supplementary information.

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