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Plasmonic Photothermal and Stem Cell Therapy of Atherosclerosis Versus Stenting (NANOM PCI)

This study has been terminated.
(The study was terminated under the political pressure of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) and the Russian Society of Cardiology)
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First Posted: September 19, 2011
Last Update Posted: May 19, 2015
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Ural Institute of Cardiology
De Haar Research Foundation
Ural Federal University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Alexander Kharlamov, Ural State Medical Academy

Intensive therapy with rosuvastatin 40 mg and ApoA-I Milano reduces the total atheroma volume (TAV) up to 6.38 or 14.1 mm3 respectively. Our previous bench studies PLASMONICS and NANOM First-in-Man trial documented TAV reduction up to unprecedented 79.4 and 60.3 mm3 respectively with high level of safety and feasibility.

The completed randomized two arm (1:1) study (NANOM-PCI) with parallel assignment (n=62) assessed (NCT01436123) the safety and feasibility of the delivery technique for nanoparticles (NP) using micro-injection catheter (with intravascular intramural injection of allogeneous stem cells carrying NP after MSCT-, IVUS- and OCT-guided mapping of the vessel), and plasmonic photothermal therapy of atherosclerosis combined with stenting (Nano group, n=32) versus stenting with Xience V cage (Stenting group, n=30). The primary outcome was TAV at 12 months.

The mean reduction of TAV at 12 months in Nano group was -84.1 mm3 (95% CI: SD 28.3; min -52.4 mm3, max -99.1 mm3; p<0.05) versus +12.4 mm3 in case of stenting (p<0.05 between groups). 42/62 patients (68%) in Nano group passed the Glagov threshold of a 40% plaque burden with mean plaque burden (PB) 36.2% (95% CI: SD 9.3%, min 30.9%, max 44.5%). The increase of the minimal lumen diameter was 61.2 and 63.3% at 12 month follow up in groups respectively. The serial assessment of VH-IVUS showed a significant decrease at 12 months in the dense calcium area, fibrous and fibro-fatty tissue with fulminant necrosis due to thermolysis in Nano-group, whereas an increase of fibrous and fibro-fatty components in stenting arm. We have documented 2 vs 3 cases of the definite thrombosis and 3 vs 5 cases of target lesion revascularization in groups respectively. The analysis of the event-free survival of the ongoing clinical follow-up shows the significantly lower risk of cardiovascular death in Nano group if compare with conventional stenting (93.4% vs 86.7%; p<0.05).

Plasmonic resonance-mediated therapy using noble-metal NP associated with significant regression of coronary atherosclerosis. Tested delivery approach has acceptable safety and efficacy for atheroregression below a 40% PB.

The investigators hypothesize that multistep approach with the use of stent in acute care unit, and then subsequent transcatheter micro-injection with nanoparticles can resolve atherosclerosis, stop and regress atherogenesis, remodulate or even rejuvenate arteries. Stem cells in patch can be good carriers for nanoparticles as well as high-effective metabolic vectors (paracrine-like regulation of alive cells and via bioactive products of cell lysis after detonation of nanoparticles) for the treatment of plaque on site. Gold nanoparticles with silica-iron oxide shells promise high-energy plasmonic photothermic burning or melting effect under the near-infrared laser irradiation onto the lesion. Thus the investigators expect complex two-side effect on the plaque with protected lumen and adventitia.

Novel discoveries in atherogenesis, and development of nanobiotechnologies with potentials for the management of atherosclerosis leads us to the quest of new approaches. The investigators still cannot really effectively treat atherosclerosis.

The investigators management is more symptomatic, and lipid-pool or inflammation-oriented! The investigators cannot manage non-organic part (mineral deposits, calcified necrotic core, partially collagen and fibrotic tissue) and total plaque volume Surgery and invasive procedures is just focused on blood flow restoration (just manipulate the form of plaque) + concerns of clinical and technical restrictions (incl. alien body - stent) + risk of restenosis or subacute 'fatal' in-stent atherothrombosis + graft survival/ occlusion + surgery-related complications High rate of short- and long-term complications and readmissions. Regression of atherosclerosis in fact is still a dream. The investigators offer an alternative to stenting and may be cardiac artery bypass surgery (CABG). Our approach can really allow to rejuvenate arteries, Plasmonic photothermal therapy (PPTT) can burn plaque, but stem cells and bioengineered structures promise restoration of the vessel wall.

Our personal previous data showed that PPTT can 1.6-fold reduce a volume of plaque with most optimal long-term result in subsets with the use of SPCs as a delivery approach. The most optimal delivery systems of NPs into the plaque are the on-artery bioengineered patch and ferro-magnetic approach.

Condition Intervention Phase
Coronary Artery Disease Atherosclerosis Other: Stenting and micro-infusion of NP Device: Implantation of everolimus-eluting stent Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Plasmonic Photothermal and Stem Cell Therapy of Atherosclerosis With The Use of Gold Nanoparticles With Iron Oxide-Silica Shells Versus Stenting

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Further study details as provided by Alexander Kharlamov, Ural State Medical Academy:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Total atheroma volume [ Time Frame: at month 12 ]
    Total plaque volume measured by intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), cubic mm.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Composite end-point of any MACE (major acute cardiovascular events), all-cause death, any revascularization [ Time Frame: at month 12 ]
    Composite end-point of all-cause death, all MACE - major cardiovascular events, any revascularization

  • Composition of plaque [ Time Frame: at month 12 ]
    Analysis of IVUS(intravascular ultrasound)-related composition of plaque (calcified deposits, necrotic calcified core), fibro-lipid core and etc.

  • Major and minor bleeding [ Time Frame: at month 12 ]
    Clinical examination of major and minor bleeding under the antithrombotic therapy

  • Restenosis rate [ Time Frame: at month 12 ]
    Restenosis rate verified clinically + IVUS

  • Stent thrombosis rate [ Time Frame: at month 12 ]
    Stent thrombosis rate verified clinically, angiography, IVUS

  • Coronary flow-mediated vasodilatation [ Time Frame: at month 12 ]
    Ultrasound-related examination of coronary flow-mediated vasodilatation

  • Coronary intima-media thickness [ Time Frame: at month 12 ]
    Ultrasound-IVUS-related examination of coronary intima-media thickness

  • Minimum diameter stenosis [ Time Frame: at month 12 ]
    IVUS-related assessment of minimum diameter stenosis

  • Minimum lumen diameter [ Time Frame: at month 12 ]
    IVUS-related assessment of minimum lumen diameter

Enrollment: 62
Study Start Date: December 2010
Study Completion Date: October 2012
Primary Completion Date: July 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Stenting + Micro-infusion
Step 1 - implantation of everolimus-eluting stent with imaging by MSCT, IVUS and OCT; Step 2 - injection of stem cells containing gold nanoparticles with silica-iron oxide shells.
Other: Stenting and micro-infusion of NP
Step 1 - IVUS, OCT-guided put in everolimus-eluting (drug-eluting-DES) stent + intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) mapping + harvesting stem cells with mesenchymal phenotype; Step 2 - culturing of stem cells in medium by gold nanoparticles with silica-iron oxide shells; Step 3 - micro-infusion of stem cells bearing NP into the lesion; Step 4 - detonation of nanoshells after migration of stem cells with NPs inside (until 7-10 days after transplantation). We expect 'melting' and 'burning' effects of PPTT, beneficial effects of bioactive products of stem cells lysis + benefits from further migration of stem cells from patch into the plaque
Other Names:
  • Plasmonic Photothermal Therapy (PPTT)
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Bioengineering
  • Stenting
  • Xience V stent
Active Comparator: Stenting
Put in everolimus-eluting stent
Device: Implantation of everolimus-eluting stent
Put stent in ischemia-related coronary artery by indications for PCI
Other Names:
  • Stenting
  • Xience V stent

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Detailed Description:

Nanoparticles (NPs) are quite safe for an organism but entire kinetics is mostly unknown. The most dangerous approach with lowest level of efficacy and safety is a delivery of NPs with microbubbles. SP+ and mesenchymal SPCs have the similar efficacy as a local delivery system with a lot of beneficial properties such as anti-inflammative, anti-apoptotic, and multi-metabolic effects leading to the plaque degradation and artery rejuvenation. Thus, nanoburning is very challenging technique to demolish and reverse the plaque especially in combination with stem cell technologies promising functional restoration of the vessel wall and can be an alternative to stenting.

Altering general strategy the investigators generally offer:

  1. The investigators don't need a therapy only with harvested stem cells (not so effective, but more provocative); the investigators have to manage host resident stem cells on site [local in-artery infusion] with growth factors, cytokines [or systemic potentiation, but risk of side effects and adverse events is high].
  2. Regular intravenous systemic therapy with modified BM (bone marrow), circulating progenitor, and iPS (induced pluripotent) stem cells might be beneficial for prevention of diseases, and rejuvenation of tissues and organs - but the system as whole will be compromised [the investigators can store stem cells of each individual to use for cell therapy or bioengineering].
  3. The best way - development of bioengineered constructions through life to transplant a bioartificial organ on request.
  4. Multi-step invasive treatment of atherosclerosis - (1) biodegradable stenting in ACU (acute care unit), or preventively, with no restenosis and no acute atherothrombosis risk profile, (2) regular systemic or local stem cell therapy, or with cytokines, (3) on-artery MSCs (mesenchymal stem cells)-related bioengineered patch with silica-gold iron-bearing NPs [SCs (stem cells) as carriers for NPs with transduction in hands of magnetic fields for local elimination of plaque, and subsequent rejuvenation of artery wall.

Our new approach, challenging modern therapy of atherosclerosis include:

  1. BIODEGRADABLE STENTS - for 6-24 months period under the soft short-term antithrombotic therapy (resolving concerns with stenosis/ lumen + steered remodeling); no hemorrhages, no alien metal body, no concerns with further CABG, minimal inflammation
  2. INTRAVENOUS NON-SPECIFIC SYSTEMIC STEM CELL THERAPY - before and after stenting - launch repair effects in vessel + beneficial effects for ischemic or injured tissues
  3. ON-ARTERY BIOENGINEERED PATCH transplantation with NPs or MICRO-INFUSION of stem cells bearing NP - grown with MSCs and NPs (bovine pericardium scaffold); 3-6 weeks to grow a thin structure (recover cells before or during stenting), multi-effects due to migration of SCs + bioactive products of lysis
  4. PLASMONIC PHOTOTHERMAL THERAPY - 'melting' and 'burning' effects - direct degradation + bioactive products of stem cells' lysis + further migration of SCs from patch

Potential expected disadvantages of our approach: Necessity of the special precise delivery technique. Lost function of artery - irreparable pro-fibrotic and pro-inflammative damage - necessity of another clinical approach for restoration of tissue (may be with stem cells). Threat of acute fatal atherothrombosis due to rupture of (vulnerable) plaque - verification of the optimal antithrombotic therapy. Cannot treat non-organic part of plaque - necessity of the special therapy for mineral deposits, calcified necrotic core, fibrotic sites - solution using stem cells. Harm of potent detrimental adverse effects - vapor bubbling (boiling of cytoplasm and ECM with subsequent lysis of cells, and provocation of pro-apoptotic cascades), acoustic and shock waves due to plasma-generated laser-related detonation of nanoshells in tissue - need regenerative therapy (type of SCs, conditions and way of transplantation; Culturing? Sorting?). Erratic (unsteered) heating - surrounding tissue of the site of interest can achieve a temperature until 38-39°. But at the site of burning final temperature can be at about 50-180 C (cauterization/ searing/ melting effect) with consequent pro-fibrotic effect - need regenerative therapy and clarification of energy options.


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Ages Eligible for Study:   45 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Multivessel coronary artery disease without indications for CABG
  • Stable angina with indications for preventive PCI
  • NSTEMI (primary PCI and late comers) <=> 12 hr
  • STEMI with kept EF>50% (all comers)
  • Rescue PCI
  • Vessel size between 2.3-4.0 mm
  • NYHA II-III functional class of HF
  • De novo treatment = no history of PCI or CABG
  • Atherosclerosis of proximal left anterior descending artery <50% stenosis
  • Treated hypertension
  • Signed written informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of MI
  • History of CABG or PCI
  • Indications for CABG
  • Contraindications for CABG, PCI
  • History of unstable angina, coronary artery syndrome
  • History of arrhythmias
  • History of stroke
  • NYHA I, IV functional class of HF
  • Diabetes (fasting glucose > 7.0 mM/L)
  • Untreated hypertension
  • Asthma
  • Participation to any drug-investigations during previous 60 days
  • Pregnancy
  • Intolerance to any limus drugs, aspirin, clopidogrel, aspirin, metals and polymers of stent and nanoparticles
  • Need for chronic treatment with anti-vitamin K drugs
  • Impossibility of clinical follow-up
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01436123

De Haar Research Foundation
Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands, 3071PR
Russian Federation
Ural Center of Modern Nanotechnologies, Institute of Natural Sciences, Ural Federal University
Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk oblast, Russian Federation, 620000
Ural Institute of Cardiology
Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk oblast, Russian Federation, 620144
Sponsors and Collaborators
Ural Medical University
Ural Institute of Cardiology
De Haar Research Foundation
Ural Federal University
Principal Investigator: Alexander Kharlamov, M.D., Ph.D. Ural Institute of Cardiology
Study Chair: Jan Gabinsky, M.D., Ph.D. Ural Institute of Cardiology
Study Director: Olga Kovtun, M.D., Ph.D. Ural Medical University
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Alexander Kharlamov, Research manager, Ural State Medical Academy
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01436123     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NANOM PCI
First Submitted: September 14, 2011
First Posted: September 19, 2011
Last Update Posted: May 19, 2015
Last Verified: May 2015

Keywords provided by Alexander Kharlamov, Ural State Medical Academy:
Plasmonic Photothermal Therapy
Stem cells
Biodegradable stenting
Repair disease

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Coronary Artery Disease
Myocardial Ischemia
Coronary Disease
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Antineoplastic Agents
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Antibiotics, Antineoplastic
Antifungal Agents