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Device for continuous extracorporeal blood purification using target-specific metal nanomagnets

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2011
Author Herrmann Inge K, Bernabei Riccardo E, Urner Martin, Grass Robert N, Beck-Schimmer Beatrice, Stark Wendelin J,
Project Metal Nanomagnets for Medicine - Towards Single Cell Surgery
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Nephrol Dial Transplant.
Volume (Issue) 26(9)
Page(s) 2948 - 2954
Title of proceedings Nephrol Dial Transplant.


BACKGROUND: The present work illustrates how magnetic separation-based blood purification using ultra-strong iron nanomagnets can be implemented into an extracorporeal blood purification circuit. By this promising technique, today's blood purification may be extended to specifically filter high-molecular compounds without being limited by filter cut-offs or column surface saturation. METHODS: Blood spiked with digoxin (small molecule drug) and interleukin-1β (inflammatory protein) was circulated ex vivo through a device composed of approved blood transfusion lines. Target-specific nanomagnets were continuously injected and subsequently recovered with the aid of a magnetic separator before recirculating the blood. RESULTS: Magnetic blood purification was successfully carried out under flow conditions: already in single-pass experiments, removal efficiencies reached values of 75 and 40% for digoxin and interleukin-1β, respectively. Circulating 0.5 L of digoxin-intoxicated blood in a closed loop, digoxin concentration was decreased from initially toxic to therapeutic concentrations within 30 min and purification extents of 90% were achieved after 1.5 h. CONCLUSIONS: Magnetic separation can be successfully implemented into an extracorporeal blood purification device. Simultaneous and specific filtering of high-molecular compounds may offer promising new therapeutic tools for the future treatment of complex diseases, such as sepsis and autoimmune disorders.