Improved Hemocompatibility of Multilumen Catheters via Nitric Oxide (NO) Release from S-Nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine (SNAP) Composite Filled Lumen

Elizabeth J. Brisbois, Maria Kim, Xuewei Wang, Azmath Mohammed, Terry C. Major, Jianfeng Wu, Jessica Brownstein, Chuanwu Xi, Hitesh Handa, Robert H. Bartlett, Mark E. Meyerhoff

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Blood-contacting devices, such as intravascular catheters, suffer from challenges related to thrombus formation and infection. Nitric oxide (NO) is an endogenous antiplatelet and antimicrobial agent. Exogenous release of NO from various polymer matrices has been shown to reduce thrombosis and infection of/on implantable medical devices. However, the clinical applications of such materials have been hindered due to factors such as NO donor leaching and thermal instability. In this study, a novel approach is demonstrated in which one lumen of commercial dual lumen catheters is dedicated to the NO release chemistry, allowing the other lumen to be available for clinical vascular access. A composite consisting of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and S-nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine (SNAP) is used to fill the NO-releasing lumen of commercial 7 French silicone catheters. Physiological levels of NO are released from the SNAP-PEG catheters for up to 14 d, as measured by chemiluminescence NO analyzer (in PBS buffer at 37 °C). PEG facilitates the NO release from SNAP within the lumen by increasing the water absorption and slowly dissolving the solid SNAP-PEG composite. In a CDC biofilm bioreactor, the SNAP-PEG catheters are found to reduce >97% bacterial adhesion as compared to the PEG controls for single bacterial species including E. coli and S. aureus. SNAP-PEG and PEG control catheters were implanted in rabbit veins for 7 h (single lumen) and 11 d (dual lumen) to evaluate their hemocompatibility properties. Significant reductions in thrombus formation on the SNAP-PEG vs PEG controls were observed, with ca. 85% reduction for 7 h single lumen catheters and ca. 55% reduction for 11 d dual lumen catheters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29270-29279
Number of pages10
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number43
StatePublished - Nov 2 2016
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (HL128337, F32HL127981, and K25HL111213).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 American Chemical Society.


  • S-nitrosothiols
  • antimicrobial
  • catheters
  • hemocompatibility
  • nitric oxide
  • poly(ethylene glycol)


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