A novel polymer gel for the delivery of local therapies to intracranial tumors: In vivo safety evaluation

David E. Gerber, Gary L. Gallia, Betty M. Tyler, Charles G. Eberhart, Gar Royer, Stuart A. Grossman

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The treatment of intracranial malignancies is limited by the ability of systemically administered therapies to cross the blood-brain barrier. Royer resorbable matrix, or R-Gel, is a dextran polymer administered in liquid form via needle injection. Within minutes of preparation, the polymer forms a gel and subsequently solidifies, thereby conforming to the dimensions of the injection cavity. R-Gel can accommodate a wide variety of therapeutic agents that may provide new options for local treatment delivery. This preclinical study evaluates the neurotoxicity of R-Gel implanted in the rat brain. Fifteen rats underwent intracranial administration of R-Gel (N = 9) or saline (N = 6) were monitored for systemic and neurotoxicity, and sacrificed at pre-determined time points. Animals that received the R-Gel injection demonstrated no behavioral changes or weight loss. Histopathologic analysis revealed an inflammatory response in both groups on day 3 and day 7 after implantation, which resolved by day 42. These results suggest that intracranial R-Gel is well tolerated. Therapeutic studies of chemotherapy-complexed R-Gel are underway.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-484
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part A
Volume99 A
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011


  • brain tumor
  • glioma
  • interstitial chemotherapy
  • local therapy
  • polymer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys


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