Publications in Scientific Journals:

B. Devcic-Kuhar, S. Pfaffenberger, L. Gherardini, C. Mayer, M. Gröschl, C. Kaun, E. Benes, E. Tschachler, K. Huber, G. Maurer, J. Wojta, M. Gottsauner-Wolf:
"Ultrasound affects distribution of plasminogen and tissue-type plasminogen activator in whole blood clots in vitro ";
Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 92 (2004), 980 - 985.

English abstract:
Ultrasound of 2 MHz frequency and 1.2W/cm2 acoustic intensity was applied to examine the effect of sonication on recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator (rt-PA)-induced thrombolysis as well as on the distribution of plasminogen and t-PA within whole blood clots in vitro. Thrombolysis was evaluated quantitatively by measuring clot weight reduction and the level of fibrin degradation product D-dimer (FDP-DD) in the supernatant. Weight reduction in the group of clots treated both with ultrasound and rt-PA was 35.2% ▒ 6.9% which is significantly higher (p<0.0001) than in the group of clots treated with rt-PA only (19.9% ▒ 4.3%). FDP-DD level in the super-natants of the group treated with ultrasound and rt-PA increased sevenfold compared to the group treated with rt-PA alone, (14895 ▒ 2513 ng/ml vs. 2364 ▒ 725 ng/ml). Localization of fibrinolytic components within the clots was accomplished by using gel-entrapping technique and immunohistochemistry. Spatial distributions of t-PA and plasminogen showed clearly that ultrasound promoted the penetration of rt-PA into thrombi significantly (p<0.0001), and broadened the zone of lysis from 8.9 ▒ 2.6 Ám to 21.2 ▒ 7.2 Ám. We speculate that ultrasound enhances thrombolysis by affecting the distribution of rt-PA within the clot.

Thrombolysis, ultrasound, sonothrombolysis, immunohistochemistry, fibrinolytic enzymes

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