Bastian Theisinger

Heidelberg Pharma GmbH, Heidelburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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Publications (12)41.16 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Pancreas transportation between donor center and islet production facility is frequently associated with prolonged ischemia impairing islet isolation and transplantation outcomes. It is foreseeable that shipment of pig pancreases from distant centralised biosecure breeding facilities to institutes that have a long-term experience in porcine islet isolation is essentially required in future clinical islet xenotransplantation. Previously, we demonstrated that perfluorohexyloctan (F6H8) is significantly more efficient to protect rat and human pancreata from ischemically induced damage compared to perfluorodecalin (PFD). To evaluate the effect of F6H8 on long-term stored pig pancreases in a prospective study we utilized the split lobe model to minimize donor variability. Retrieved pancreases were dissected into the connecting and splenic lobe, intraductally flushed with UW-solution and immersed alternately in either preoxygenated F6H8 or PFD for 8-10 hours. Prior to pancreas digestion, the intrapancreatic pO₂ and the ratio of ATP-to-inorganic phosphate was compared utilizing (31)P-NMR spectroscopy. Isolated islets were cultured for 2-3 days at 37°C and subjected to quality assessment. Pancreatic lobes stored in preoxygenated F6H8 had a significantly higher intrapancreatic pO₂ compared to pancreata in oxygen-precharged PFD (10.11 ± 3.87 vs. 1.64 ± 1.13 mm Hg, p < 0.05). This correlated with a higher ATP-to-inorganic phosphate ratio (0.30 ± 0.04 vs. 0.14 ± 0.01). No effect was observed concering yield and purity of freshly isolated islets. Nevertheless, a significantly improved glucose-stimulated insulin response, increased viability and postculture survival (57.2 ± 5.7 vs. 39.3 ± 6.4%, p < 0.01) was measured in islets isolated from F6H8-preserved pancreata. The present data suggest that F6H8 does not increase islet yield but improves quality of pig islets isolated after prolonged cold ischemia.
    Cell Transplantation 10/2012; · 4.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Dopamine (DA) is a co-agonist for platelet activation; yet, donor DA treatment is associated with improved transplantation outcome in renal and heart recipients. Recently, N-octanoyl-dopamine (NOD) was developed which displays superior effects compared to DA in terms of graft protecting properties. Whereas DA is a known platelet co-agonist, the effect of NOD on platelet function is unknown. This is a hypothesis generating study with the aim to assess the effects and molecular mechanisms of NOD and NOD-like compounds on platelet function. The influence of DA, NOD, and NOD-like compounds on platelet responses to classical agonists (adenosine 5'-diphosphate (ADP), U46619) was investigated in six healthy donors by applying whole blood aggregometry (Multiplate®) and flow cytometry for Pac-1, CD62P, and CD63 expression. Changes in platelet cAMP concentrations were assessed by ELISA. While DA showed synergy in platelet activation by ADP and U46619, NOD caused significant inhibition of platelet function both in whole blood aggregometry and flow cytometry. The inhibitory effect of NOD was not mediated via cAMP levels. The nonredox-active NOD-analog N-octanoyl-tyramine had no effects on platelet function. Acetylated NOD conferred to NOD by intracellular esterases showed similar inhibitory effects as NOD. In contrast to DA, NOD is a potent inhibitor of platelet function most likely through intracellular redox-active processes. This adds to the overall protective effect of NOD on pre-transplantation injury and makes NOD an attractive candidate compound for donor or organ conditioning prior to transplantation.
    Platelets 08/2012; · 2.24 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Tissue hypoxia may play an important role in the development of ischemic brain damage. In the present study we investigated in a rat model of transient focal brain ischemia the neuroprotective effects of increasing the blood oxygen transport capacity by applying a semifluorinated alkane (SFA)-containing emulsion together with normobaric hyperoxygenation (NBO). The spread of tissue hypoxia was studied using pimonidazole given prior to filament-induced middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO, 2 h). Treatment consisted of intravenous injection of saline or the SFA-containing emulsion (0.5 or 1.0 ml/100g body weight; [SFA(0.5) or SFA(1.0)]) either upon establishing MCAO (early treatment) or after filament removal (delayed treatment). After injection NBO was administered for 8 h (early treatment) or 6 h (delayed treatment). Experiments were terminated 8 or 24 h after MCAO. In serial brain sections tissue hypoxia and irreversible cell damage were quantitatively determined. Furthermore, we studied hypoxia-related gene expression (VEGF, flt-1). Early treatment significantly (p<0.05) reduced the volumes of tissue damage (8 h after MCAO: SFA(1.0), 57±34 mm³; controls, 217±70 mm³; 24 h after MCAO: SFA(1.0), 189±82 mm³; controls, 317±60 mm³) and of P-Add immunoreactivity (8 h after MCAO: SFA(1.0), 261±37 mm³; controls, 339±26 mm³; 24h after MCAO: SFA(1.0), 274±47 mm³; controls, 364±46 mm³). Delayed treatment was comparably successful. The volume of the hypoxic penumbra was not decreased by the treatment. Similarly, VEGF and flt-1 mRNA levels did not differ between the experimental groups. From these data we conclude that increasing the blood oxygen transport capacity in the plasma compartment provides a neuroprotective effect by alleviating the severity of hypoxia to a level sufficient to prevent cells from transition into irreversible damage.
    Experimental Neurology 06/2012; 237(1):18-25. · 4.65 Impact Factor
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    PLoS ONE 01/2012; 7(8). · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Since stimulation of transient receptor potential channels of the vanilloid receptor subtype 1 (TRPV1) mitigates acute kidney injury (AKI) and endogenous N-acyl dopamine derivatives are able to activate TRPV1, we tested if synthetic N-octanoyl-dopamine (NOD) activates TRPV1 and if it improves AKI. These properties of NOD and its intrinsic anti-inflammatory character were compared with those of dopamine (DA). TRPV1 activation and anti-inflammatory properties of NOD and DA were tested using primary cell cultures in vitro. The influence of NOD and DA on AKI was tested in a prospective, randomized, controlled animal study with 42 inbred male Lewis rats (LEW, RT1), treated intravenously with equimolar concentrations of DA or NOD one hour before the onset of warm ischemia and immediately before clamp release. NOD, but not DA, activates TRPV1 channels in isolated dorsal root ganglion neurons (DRG) that innervate several tissues including kidney. In TNFα stimulated proximal tubular epithelial cells, inhibition of NFκB and subsequent inhibition of VCAM1 expression by NOD was significantly stronger than by DA. NOD improved renal function compared to DA and saline controls. Histology revealed protective effects of NOD on tubular epithelium at day 5 and a reduced number of monocytes in renal tissue of DA and NOD treated rats. Our data demonstrate that NOD but not DA activates TRPV1 and that NOD has superior anti-inflammatory properties in vitro. Although NOD mitigates deterioration in renal function after AKI, further studies are required to assess to what extend this is causally related to TRPV1 activation and/or desensitization.
    PLoS ONE 01/2012; 7(8):e43525. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Semifluorinated alkanes (SFAs) have been described as potential excipients for pulmonary drug delivery, but proof of their efficacy is still lacking. We tested whether SFA formulations with the test drug ibuprofen can be nebulised and evaluated their pharmacokinetics. Physico-chemical properties of five different ibuprofen formulations were evaluated: an aqueous solution (H2O), two different SFAs (perfluorohexyloctane (F6H8), perfluorobutylpentane (F4H5)) with and without ethanol (SFA/EtOH). Nebulisation was performed with a jet catheter system. Inhalative characteristics were evaluated by laser diffraction. A confirmative animal study with an inhalative single-dose (6 mg/kg) of ibuprofen with each formulation was performed in anaesthetised healthy rabbits. Plasma samples at defined time points and lung tissue harvested after the 6-h study period were analyzed by HPLC-MS/MS. Pharmacokinetics were calculated using a non-compartment model. All formulations were nebulisable. No differences in aerodynamic diameters (MMAD) were detected between SFA and SFA/EtOH. The ibuprofen plasma concentration-time curve (AUC) was highest with F4H5/EtOH. In contrast, F6H8/EtOH had the highest deposition of ibuprofen into lung tissue but the lowest AUC. All tested SFA and SFA/EtOH formulations are suitable for inhalation. F4H5/EtOH formulations might be used for rapid systemic availability of drugs. F6H8/EtOH showed intrapulmonary deposition of the test drug.
    International Journal of Pharmaceutics 11/2011; 422(1-2):194-201. · 3.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In recent clinical studies, the efficacy of histidine-tryptophan-ketoglutarate (HTK) in kidney transplantation was questioned. This study compares the efficacy of University of Wisconsin (UW) and HTK solutions on transplantation outcome. Rat kidneys were preserved for different periods of cold ischemia (CIT). Heat capacity of the solutions, temperature of the grafts, renal function (RF), and histology were assessed before and after transplantation, respectively. After prolonged CIT, recipient survival was superior in the UW - (100%) compared with the HTK group (10%). In the latter, severe tubular necrosis, DNA damage, and renal inflammation were observed, reflected by an increased KIM-1, IL6, and P-selectin expression. CIT correlated negatively with RF in both groups. RF recovered significantly faster in the UW group. LDH-release and ATP depletion after cold storage of tubular cells were lower in UW than in HTK. Heat capacity was significantly higher for UW than for HTK. Accordingly, renal temperature was lower. Prolonged preservation in UW solution results in a better renal function and less tissue damage compared with HTK, possibly due to improved cooling and better cell viability of the graft. The use of HTK for renal allografts should therefore be reconsidered, particularly when CIT is expected to be long.
    Journal of Surgical Research 09/2011; 170(1):e149-57. · 2.02 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Semifluorinated alkanes (SFAs) are considered as diblock molecules with fluorocarbon and hydrocarbon segments. Unlike Perfluorocarbons (PFCs), SFAs have the potential to dissolve several lipophilic or water-insoluble substances. This makes them possibly suitable as new excipients for inhalative liquid drug carrier systems. The aim of the study was to compare physico-chemical properties of different SFAs and then to test their respective effects in healthy rabbit lungs after nebulisation. Physico-chemical properties of four different SFAs, i.e. Perfluorobutylpentane (F4H5), Perfluorohexylhexane (F6H6), Perfluorohexyloctane (F6H8) and Perfluorohexyldodecane (F6H12) were measured. Based on these results, aerosol characteristics of two potential candidates suitable as excipients for pulmonary drug delivery, i.e. F6H8 and F4H5, were determined by laser light diffraction. Tracheotomised and ventilated New Zealand White rabbits were nebulised with either a high- or a low dose of SFAs (F6H8(low/high) and F4H5(low/high)) or saline (NaCl). Ventilated healthy animals served as controls (Sham). Arterial blood gases, lung mechanics, heart rate and blood pressure were recorded prior to nebulisation and in 30 min intervals during the 6-h study period. Out of the four SFAs studied initially, no satisfactory behaviour as a solvent has to be expected because of low lipophilicity for F6H6. Output rate during aerosolisation was very low for F6H12. F6H8 and F4H5 presented comparable aerosolisation characteristics and lipophilicity and were therefore tested in the in vivo model. Aerosol therapy, either SFAs or saline, impaired paO2/FiO2 ratio, dynamic lung compliance and respiratory mechanics in all groups, except for F4H5(low) group which behaved like the control group (Sham). F4H5(low) had no adverse effects on gas exchange or pulmonary mechanics. Perfluorobutylpentane (F4H5) in a low-dose application may be suitable as a new inhalable excipient in SFA-based pulmonary drug delivery systems for lipophilic or water-insoluble substances.
    European journal of pharmaceutics and biopharmaceutics: official journal of Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur Pharmazeutische Verfahrenstechnik e.V 09/2010; 76(1):75-82. · 3.15 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Pancreas oxygenation during cold storage has been established in islet isolation and transplantation to prevent ischemic tissue damage using perfluorodecalin (PFD) as hyperoxygen carrier. However, studies in humans and pigs provided conflicting results about the efficiency of PFD for pancreas oxygenation. The aim of this study was to compare PFD with a newly developed oxygen carrier composed of perfluorohexyloctane and polydimethylsiloxane 5 (F6H8S5) for long-term storage of human pancreata. After 24-hr storage in preoxygenated PFD or F6H8S5, pancreata were processed using Liberase HI for pancreas dissociation and a Ficoll gradient for islet purification. Islet quality assessment was performed measuring glucose-stimulated insulin release, viability, islet ATP content, and posttransplant function in diabetic nude mice. Compared with PFD, F6H8S5 significantly increased the intrapancreatic partial oxygen pressure and islet ATP content. This corresponded to an increase of islet yield, recovery after culture, glucose stimulation index, viability, and improved graft function in diabetic nude mice. The present findings indicate clearly that F6H8S5 improves isolation outcome after prolonged ischemia compared with PFD. This observation seems to be related to the significant lipophilicity and almost pancreas-specific density of F6H8S5. Moreover, these characteristics facilitate pancreas shipment without using custom-made transport vessels as required for PFD.
    Transplantation 01/2010; 89(2):155-60. · 3.78 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Pancreas oxygenation by means of the hyperoxygen carrier perfluorodecalin (PFD) has been established to prevent ischemically induced damage from cold-stored pancreata. However, large-scale studies did not confirm the promising results that had been observed in smaller donor populations. This study assessed whether islet isolation from pancreata stored for prolonged periods can be improved by utilizing the new oxygen carrier perfluorohexyloctane (F6H8) characterized by lower gravity and higher lipophilicity than PFD. Subsequent to 24 h of storage in either oxygenated PFD or F6H8, the rat pancreata were assessed for the intrapancreatic partial oxygen pressure (pO(2)) and subsequently processed with current standard procedures. The intrapancreatic pO(2) was nearly identical in rat pancreata stored either in PFD or F6H8. Nevertheless, rat islet isolation outcome was significantly increased in terms of yield, integrity, in vitro function and post-transplant outcome after transplantation in diabetic nude mice when F6H8 was used as oxygen carrier. This proof-of-concept study demonstrated in rats that islet isolation performed after long-term storage of oxygenated pancreatic tissue can be significantly improved if PFD was replaced by F6H8.
    Transplant International 08/2009; 22(10):1017-22. · 3.16 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the study was to compare the efficacy of perfluorobutylpentane (F4H5) and perfluorohexyloctane (F6H8) in dissolving silicone oil from the surface of silicone intraocular lenses (IOL). Droplets of stained silicone oil were applied to an object slide either lying flat or tilted by 30 degrees . Mixing with H(2)O, F4H5 or F6H8 was documented by a digital camera. Droplets of silicone oil were applied to silicone lenses and washed off by repeated rinsing with F4H5 or F6H8. The silicone lenses of 11 patients with silicone oil remnants on the posterior IOL surface were rinsed intraoperatively with F4H5 during removal surgery. Only F4H5 was able to mix with silicone oil and to remove it form the surface of a glass object slides. Rinsing with 25 mul F4H5 reduced the amount of silicone oil 1000 mPas or 5000 mPas attached on a silicone lens to 15% and 28%, respectively. A hanging droplet of silicone oil 5000 beneath a silicone lens was completely removed from below by F4H5. In all patients sufficient IOL cleaning was possible using F4H5. There was no significant postoperative inflammation in the vitreous or anterior chamber. Polydimethylsiloxanes dissolve effectively in F4H5 due to its lipophilic chemical structure. A much smaller volume of F4H5 than F6H8 is able to remove silicone oil from silicone lenses completely. Intraocular use of F4H5 is safe, and initial clinical data underlines its effectiveness as a cleaning agent after contact of silicone lenses with silicone oil.
    The British journal of ophthalmology 09/2008; 92(11):1522-7. · 2.92 Impact Factor
  • Transplantation 01/2008; 86. · 3.78 Impact Factor