Drug Distribution and Basic Pharmacology of Paclitaxel/Resveratrol-Coated Balloon Catheters

Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2018 Oct;41(10):1599-1610. doi: 10.1007/s00270-018-2018-9. Epub 2018 Jul 2.


Purpose: To experimentally investigate a new homogenously paclitaxel/resveratrol-coated balloon catheter in terms of transport of the coating to the treated tissue and local effects including histology and functional tests.

Methods: Adherence of the coating to the balloon was explored by in vitro simulation of its passage to the lesion. Paclitaxel and resveratrol transfer to the vessel wall was investigated in porcine coronary and peripheral arteries. Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) was used for direct microscopic visualization of paclitaxel in arterial tissue. Inhibition of neointimal proliferation and tolerance of complete coating and resveratrol-only coating was investigated in pigs 4 weeks after treatment, and the effect of resveratrol on inflammation and healing after 3 and 7 days.

Results: Drug loss on the way to the lesion was < 10% of dose, while 65 ± 13% was detected at the site of balloon inflation. After treatment similar proportions of drug were detected in coronary and peripheral arteries, i.e., 7.4 ± 4.6% of dose or 125 ± 74 ng/mg tissue. MALDI showed circumferential deposition. Inhibition of neointimal proliferation by paclitaxel/resveratrol coating was significant (p = 0.001) whereas resveratrol-only coating did not inhibit neointimal proliferation. During the first week after treatment of peripheral arteries with resveratrol-only balloons, we observed nominally less inflammation and fibrin deposition along with a significant macrophage reduction and more pronounced re-endothelialization. No safety issues emerged including left ventricular ejection fraction for detection of potential distal embolization after high-dose treatment of coronary arteries.

Conclusions: Paclitaxel/resveratrol-coated balloons were effective and safe in animal studies. Beyond acting as excipient resveratrol may contribute to vascular healing.

Keywords: Additive; Drug transfer; Drug-coated balloon catheter; Efficacy; Preclinical; Tolerance.

MeSH terms

  • Angioplasty, Balloon / instrumentation*
  • Angioplasty, Balloon, Coronary / instrumentation*
  • Animals
  • Coated Materials, Biocompatible*
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Neointima / pathology
  • Paclitaxel / pharmacokinetics*
  • Paclitaxel / pharmacology*
  • Resveratrol
  • Spectrometry, Mass, Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption-Ionization
  • Stilbenes / pharmacokinetics*
  • Stilbenes / pharmacology*
  • Swine


  • Coated Materials, Biocompatible
  • Stilbenes
  • Paclitaxel
  • Resveratrol