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J Artif Organs. 2012 Jun;15(2):185-92. doi: 10.1007/s10047-012-0629-5. Epub 2012 Feb 5.

Poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone) elution from polysulfone dialysis membranes by varying solvent and wall shear stress.

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Sakai Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering, Waseda University, 3-4-1 Okubo, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 169-8555, Japan.


Some dialysis patients are treated with post-hemodiafiltration (HDF); the blood viscosity of the patients who undergo post-HDF is higher than that of the patients who undergo conventional hemodialysis. This study aims to evaluate poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone) (PVP) elution from PSf dialysis membranes by varying solvents and high wall shear stress caused by blood viscosity. We tested three commercial membranes: APS-15SA (Asahi Kasei Kuraray), CX-1.6U (Toray) and FX140 (Fresenius). Dialysate and blood sides of the dialyzers were primed with reverse osmosis (RO) water and saline. RO water, saline and dextran solution (2.9 and 5.8 mPa s) were circulated in the blood side. The amount of eluted PVP was determined by 0.02 N iodometry. The hardness and adsorption force of human serum albumin (HSA) on the membrane surfaces were measured by the atomic force microscope. When wall shear stress was increased using dextran, the amount of PVP eluted by the 2.9 mPa s solution equaled that eluted by the 5.8 mPa s solution with APS-15SA and CX-1.6U sterilized by gamma rays. The amount of PVP eluted by the 5.8 mPa s solution was higher than that eluted by the 2.9 mPa s solution with FX140 sterilized by autoclaving. The wall shear stress increased the PVP elution from the surface, hardness and adsorption force of HSA. Sufficient gamma-ray irradiation is effective in decreasing PVP elution.

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