Fibrinogen γ-chain peptide-coated, ADP-encapsulated liposomes rescue thrombocytopenic rabbits from non-compressible liver hemorrhage

K. Nishikawa, K. Hagisawa, M. Kinoshita*, S. Shono, S. Katsuno, M. Doi, R. Yanagawa, H. Suzuki, K. Iwaya, D. Saitoh, T. Sakamoto, S. Seki, S. Takeoka, M. Handa

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Background: We developed a fibrinogen γ-chain (dodecapeptide HHLGGAKQAGDV [H12])-coated, ADP-encapsulated liposome (H12-[ADP]-liposome) that accumulates at bleeding sites via interaction with activated platelets via glycoprotein IIb-IIIa and augments platelet aggregation by releasing ADP. Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of H12-(ADP)-liposomes for treating liver hemorrhage in rabbits with acute thrombocytopenia. Methods: Thrombocytopenia (platelets<50000μL-1) was induced in rabbits by repeated blood withdrawal (100mLkg-1 in total) and isovolemic transfusion of autologous washed red blood cells. H12-(ADP)-liposomes with platelet-poor plasma (PPP), platelet-rich plasma (PRP), PPP, ADP liposomes with PPP or H12-(PBS)-liposomes/PPP, were administered to the thrombocytopenic rabbits, and liver hemorrhage was induced by penetrating liver injury. Results: Administration of H12-(ADP)-liposomes and of PRP rescued all thrombocytopenic rabbits from liver hemorrhage as a result of potent hemostasis at the liver bleeding site, although rabbits receiving PPP or ADP liposomes showed 20% survival in the first 24h. Administration of H12-(ADP)-liposomes and of PRP suppressed both bleeding volume and time from the site of liver injury. H12-(phosphate-buffered saline)-liposomes lacking ADP also improved rabbit survival after liver hemorrhage, although their hemostatic effect was weaker. In rabbits with severe thrombocytopenia (25000 plateletsμL-1), the hemostatic effects of H12-(ADP)-liposomes tended to be attenuated as compared with those of PRP treatment. Histologic examination revealed that H12-(ADP)-liposomes accumulated at the bleeding site in the liver. Notably, neither macrothombi nor microthrombi were detected in the lung, kidney or liver in rabbits treated with H12-(ADP)-liposomes. Conclusions: H12-(ADP)-liposomes appear to be a safe and effective therapeutic tool for acute thrombocytopenic trauma patients with massive bleeding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2137-2148
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Oct


  • Hemostasis
  • Liver hemorrhage
  • Nanotechnology
  • Platelet substitute
  • Rabbits
  • Thrombocytopenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology


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