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On the use of ion-crosslinked nanocellulose hydrogels for wound healing solutions: Physicochemical properties and application-oriented biocompatibility studies
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Nanotechnology and Functional Materials. (Nanotechnology and Functional Materials)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Nanotechnology and Functional Materials. (Nanotechnology and Functional Materials)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5196-4115
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Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Nanotechnology and Functional Materials. (Nanotechnology and Functional Materials)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5496-9664
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2017 (English)In: Carbohydrate Polymers, ISSN 0144-8617, E-ISSN 1879-1344, Vol. 174, p. 299-308Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Calcium ion-crosslinked nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) hydrogels were investigated as potential materials for wound healing dressings. The physicochemical properties of the hydrogels were examined by rheology and water retention tests. Skin cells and monocytes were selected for application-oriented bio-compatibility studies. The NFC hydrogels presented entangled fibrous networks and solid-like behavior. Water retention tests showed the material's potential to maintain a suitable moist environment for different type of wounds. The hydrogels did not affect dermal fibroblasts monolayer cultures upon directcontact, as cell monolayers remained intact after application, incubation and removal of the materials. Inflammatory response studies with blood-derived mononuclear cells revealed the inert nature of the hydrogels in terms of cytokine secretion and reactive oxygen species production. Results highlight the great potential of ion-crosslinked NFC hydrogels for the development of advanced wound dressings, where further functionalization of the material could lead to improved properties towards the healing of specific wound types.

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2017. Vol. 174, p. 299-308
Keywords [en]
Nanofibrillated cellulose, Inflammation, Fibroblasts, Mononuclear cells
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Nano Technology
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Engineering Science with specialization in Nanotechnology and Functional Materials
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-332126DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2017.06.073ISI: 000407696800032PubMedID: 28821071OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-332126DiVA, id: diva2:1152311
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Swedish Research Council FormasAvailable from: 2017-10-24 Created: 2017-10-24 Last updated: 2018-10-12Bibliographically approved
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1. Ion-Crosslinked Nanocellulose Hydrogels for Advanced Wound Care Applications
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ion-Crosslinked Nanocellulose Hydrogels for Advanced Wound Care Applications
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A current trend in the field of wound care is the development of wound healing materials that are designed to address specific types of wounds or underlying pathologies to achieve improved healing. At the same time, there is a societal drive to replace synthetic materials with renewable alternatives. The work presented in this thesis was therefore carried out to investigate the use of wood nanocellulose, produced from the world’s most abundant biopolymer, cellulose, in advanced wound care applications.

Wood-based nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) was chemically functionalized and crosslinked using calcium to obtain a self-standing hydrogel. The NFC hydrogel was evaluated in terms of its physicochemical properties, biocompatibility, blood interactions, bacterial interactions, in vivo wound healing ability and, finally, as a protein carrier. Parallel with the assessment of the NFC hydrogel, modified versions of the material were tested to investigate the tunability of the above-mentioned characteristics.

The ability of the hydrogel to maintain a moist wound bed was demonstrated. Evaluation of the biocompatibility showed that the material was cytocompatible and did not trigger inflammatory mechanisms. Furthermore, the NFC hydrogel supported cell proliferation, and was shown to possess hemostatic properties. It was also discovered that the material had a slight bacteriostatic effect and the ability to act as a barrier against bacteria. When tested in vivo, the hydrogel was found to significantly improve wound healing.

Modifications through the incorporation of additives to the hydrogel matrix, as well as exchange of the crosslinking ion, were shown to influence the biological response to the material. Moreover, the results presented here demonstrate the possibility of using the NFC hydrogel as a protein carrier; the easily adjustable charge property being identified as a central parameter for manipulation to regulate the release profile.

In conclusion, this work has demonstrated the extensive wound healing ability of the calcium-crosslinked NFC hydrogel, and represents an important milestone in the research on NFC towards advanced wound care applications. It is expected that the easily modifiable nature of the material can be exploited to further develop the NFC hydrogel to suit the treatment needs for a broad range of wound types.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2018. p. 81
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Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 1731
Keywords
nanofibrillated cellulose, wood nanocellulose, ion crosslinking, hydrogel, wound healing, biocompatibility, blood interactions, bacterial interactions, protein carrier, nanotherapeutic
National Category
Nano Technology
Research subject
Engineering Science with specialization in Nanotechnology and Functional Materials
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-363087 (URN)978-91-513-0474-8 (ISBN)
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2018-11-30, Häggsalen, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 09:30 (English)
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