Modulated molecular markers of restenosis and thrombosis by in-vitro vascular cells exposed to bioresorbable scaffolds

Biomed Mater. 2021 Jun 16;16(4). doi: 10.1088/1748-605X/ac0401.


Drug-eluting bioresorbable vascular scaffolds (BVSs) have emerged as a potential breakthrough for the treatment of coronary artery stenosis, providing mechanical support and drug delivery followed by complete resorption. Restenosis and thrombosis remain the primary limitations in clinical use. The study aimed to identify potential markers of restenosis and thrombosis analyzing the vascular wall cell transcriptomic profile modulation triggered by BVS at different values of shear stress (SS). Human coronary artery endothelial cells and smooth muscle cells were cultured under SS (1 and 20 dyne cm-2) for 6 h without and with application of BVS and everolimus 600 nM. Cell RNA-Seq and bioinformatics analysis identified modulated genes by direct comparison of SS conditions and Gene Ontology (GO). The results of different experimental conditions and GO analysis highlighted the modulation of specific genes as semaphorin 3E, mesenchyme homeobox 2, bone morphogenetic protein 4, (heme oxygenase 1) and selectin E, with different roles in pathological evolution of disease. Transcriptomic analysis of dynamic vascular cell cultures identifies candidate genes related to pro-restenotic and pro-thrombotic mechanisms in anin-vitrosetting of BVS, which are not adequately contrasted by everolimus addition.

Keywords: bioresorbable vascular scaffold; human vascular cells; restenosis; shear stress; thrombosis; transcriptomic.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Absorbable Implants*
  • Biocompatible Materials* / chemistry
  • Biocompatible Materials* / pharmacology
  • Biomarkers / metabolism*
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Coronary Restenosis / metabolism
  • Coronary Vessels / cytology
  • Everolimus / chemistry
  • Everolimus / pharmacology
  • Humans
  • Shear Strength
  • Thrombosis / metabolism*
  • Tissue Scaffolds / chemistry*
  • Transcriptome / drug effects


  • Biocompatible Materials
  • Biomarkers
  • Everolimus