Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles Using Curcumin-Cyclodextrins Loaded into Bacterial Cellulose-Based Hydrogels for Wound Dressing Applications

Abhishek Gupta, Sophie M. Briffa, Sam Swingler, Hazel Gibson, Vinodh Kannappan, Grazyna Adamus, Marek Kowalczuk, Claire Martin, Iza Radecka

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Abstract

Chronic wounds are often recalcitrant to treatment because of high microbial bioburden and the problem of microbial resistance. Silver is a broad-spectrum natural antimicrobial agent with wide applications extending to proprietary wound dressings. Recently, silver nanoparticles have attracted attention in wound management. In the current study, the green synthesis of nanoparticles was accomplished using a natural reducing agent, curcumin, which is a natural polyphenolic compound that is well-known as a wound-healing agent. The hydrophobicity of curcumin was overcome by its microencapsulation in cyclodextrins. This study demonstrates the production, characterization of silver nanoparticles using aqueous curcumin:hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin complex and loading them into bacterial cellulose hydrogel with moist wound-healing properties. These silver nanoparticle-loaded bacterial cellulose hydrogels were characterized for wound-management applications. In addition to high cytocompatibility, these novel dressings exhibited antimicrobial activity against three common wound-infecting pathogenic microbes Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Candida auris.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1802-1811
Number of pages10
JournalBiomacromolecules
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 11 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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