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Published November 1, 1983 | Published
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Suppression of liver uptake of liposomes by dextran sulfate 500


The effect of dextran sulfate (DS, 500,000 Mr) and multilamellar vesicles (MLV) as liver blockade agents has been investigated in mice. Intravenous injection of unlabeled MLV prior to radioactive MLV caused moderate reduction in the liver uptake and increased tibia, lung, and spleen uptake. More drastic differences were observed with intraperitoneal injection of DS. When tested in the range of 0-50 mg of DS per kg of body weight, maximal liver blockade occurred at a dose of 50 mg. By using 50 mg of DS per kg, maximal liver blockade occurred at 12 hr after DS injection. The liver blockade was temporary, ending within 48 hr. The intraperitoneal route of injection for DS was more effective for liver blockade than the intravenous route.

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© 1983 by the National Academy of Sciences. Contributed by John D. Baldeschwieler, July 25, 1983. This research was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (GM21111-09) and a grant from the Monsanto Company. This is contribution 6842 from the California Institute of Technology. The publication costs of this article were defrayed in part by page charge payment. This article must therefore be hereby marked "advertisement" in accordance with 18 U.S.C. §1734 solely to indicate this fact.

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