DOI: 10.1002/adhm.202301224 ISSN:

Versatile Hydrogel Dressings that Dynamically Regulate The Healing of Infected Deep Burn Wounds

Shihan Wang, Siwen Wu, Yuling Yang, Jiani Zhang, Yusi Wang, Rui Zhang, Li Yang
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomaterials


Severe burns threaten patient lives due to pain, inflammation, bacterial infection and scarring. Most burn dressings that are commonly used perform a single function and are not well suited for the management of deep burns. Therefore, we developed a multifunctional antimicrobial peptide‐ and stem cell‐loaded macroporous hydrogel that can fight bacterial infection and regulate wound healing progression by temporally regulating cytokine production by internal stem cells. The macroporous skeletal hydrogel was manufactured via the cryogenic gelation of hyaluronic acid (cryogel). Based on the oxidative polymerization reaction of dopamine, the antimicrobial peptide DP7 was immobilized on the surface of the cryogel (DA7CG). Placental mesenchymal stem cells (PMSCs) were then packaged inside the macroporous hydrogel (DA7CG@C). According to the results of in vitro and in vivo experiments, during the inflammatory phase, DP7 inhibits infection and modulates inflammation; during the proliferative phase, DA7CG@C accelerates the regeneration of skin, blood vessels and hair follicles via internal stem cells; and during the remodeling phase, DA7CG@C contributes to extracellular matrix remodeling due to the ability of DP7 to regulate the paracrine secretion of PMSCs, synergistically promoting scar‐free healing. DA7CG@C can participate in all phases of wound healing; therefore, it is a promising dressing for burn treatment.

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