Through agarose polyacrolein microsphere polyacrolein microsphere beads-antidigoxin antibodies (apamb-AD)

Shlomo Margel, Leon Marcus, Hillel Savin, Michal Offarim, Aharon Mashiah

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The efficacy of a new, biocompatible, specific immunosorbent for hemoperfusive removal of digoxin is described. The sorbent contains antidigoxin antibodies covalently bound to polyacrolein microspheres, 0.2 μ diam. Thousands of microspheres are matrix-encapsulated in crosslinked agarose to form beads of 500 to 800 μ diam. Digoxin intoxicated dogs showed heart block, ventricular and atrial tachycardia and extended runs of PVCs. During hemoperfusion the abnormal ECG abated; at 2 h of hemoperfusion the ECG tracings returned to normal. Up to 25% of the total digoxin burden was removed. The numbers of the blood cells and the content of a battery of relevant soluble components of the blood remained constant. Dogs were alive and well after the hemoperfusion. Non hemoperfused dogs, which received antiarrythmic agents, did not survive the intoxication. This is the first report of a practical hemoperfusive system for the specific removal of digoxin from whole blood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-36
Number of pages12
JournalArtificial Cells, Nanomedicine and Biotechnology
Issue number2 --Jan
StatePublished - Jan 1984
Externally publishedYes

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  • Antidigoxin antibodies
  • Beads specific for removal of digoxin
  • Hemoperfusion
  • Polyacrolein microspheres
  • Therapy of digoxin intoxication


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