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Jianyong Yu

Donghua University (CN)

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1.  Liu Y., Wang Q., Liu X., Nakielski P., Pierini F., Li X., Yu J., Ding B., Highly adhesive, stretchable and breathable gelatin methacryloyl-based nanofibrous hydrogels for wound dressings, ACS Applied Bio Materials, ISSN: 2576-6422, DOI: 10.1021/acsabm.1c01087, Vol.5, No.3, pp.1047-1056, 2022

Abstract:
Adhesive and stretchable nanofibrous hydrogels have attracted extensive attraction in wound dressings, especially for joint wound treatment. However, adhesive hydrogels tend to display poor stretchable behavior. It is still a significant challenge to integrate excellent adhesiveness and stretchability in a nanofibrous hydrogel. Herein, a highly adhesive, stretchable, and breathable nanofibrous hydrogel was developed via an in situ hybrid cross-linking strategy of electrospun nanofibers comprising dopamine (DA) and gelatin methacryloyl (GelMA). Benefiting from the balance of cohesion and adhesion based on photocross-linking of methacryloyl (MA) groups in GelMA and the chemical/physical reaction between GelMA and DA, the nanofibrous hydrogels exhibited tunable adhesive and mechanical properties through varying MA substitution degrees of GelMA. The optimized GelMA60-DA exhibited 2.0 times larger tensile strength (2.4 MPa) with an elongation of about 200%, 2.3 times greater adhesive strength (9.1 kPa) on porcine skin, and 3.1 times higher water vapor transmission rate (10.9 kg m–2 d–1) compared with gelatin nanofibrous hydrogels. In parallel, the GelMA60-DA nanofibrous hydrogels could facilitate cell growth and accelerate wound healing. This work presented a type of breathable nanofibrous hydrogels with excellent adhesive and stretchable capacities, showing great promise as wound dressings.

Keywords:
nanofibrous hydrogels, hybrid cross-linking, adhesivity, stretchability, breathable capability

Affiliations:
Liu Y. - Forschugszentrum Jülich, Institute of Complex Systems (DE)
Wang Q. - Donghua University (CN)
Liu X. - Imperial College London (GB)
Nakielski P. - IPPT PAN
Pierini F. - IPPT PAN
Li X. - Donghua University (CN)
Yu J. - Donghua University (CN)
Ding B. - Donghua University (CN)
2.  Wang L., Lv H., Liu L., Zhang Q., Nakielski P., Si Y., Cao J., Li X., Pierini F., Yu J., Ding B., Electrospun nanofiber-reinforced three-dimensional chitosan matrices: architectural, mechanical and biological properties, JOURNAL OF COLLOID AND INTERFACE SCIENCE, ISSN: 0021-9797, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2020.01.016, Vol.565, pp.416-425, 2020

Abstract:
The poor intrinsic mechanical properties of chitosan hydrogels have greatly hindered their practical applications. Inspired by nature, we proposed a strategy to enhance the mechanical properties of chitosan hydrogels by construction of a nanofibrous and cellular architecture in the hydrogel without toxic chemical crosslinking. To this end, electrospun nanofibers including cellulose acetate, polyacrylonitrile, and SiO2 nanofibers were introduced into chitosan hydrogels by homogenous dispersion and lyophilization. With the addition of 30% cellulose acetate nanofibers, the cellular structure could be maintained even in water without crosslinking, and integration of 60% of the nanofibers could guarantee the free-standing structure of the chitosan hydrogel with a low solid content of 1%. Moreover, the SiO2 nanofiber-reinforced chitosan (SiO2 NF/CS) three-dimensional (3D) matrices exhibit complete shape recovery from 80% compressive strain and excellent injectability. The cellular architecture and nanofibrous structure in the SiO2 NF/CS matrices are beneficial for human mesenchymal stem cell adhesion and stretching. Furthermore, the SiO2 NF/CS matrices can also act as powerful vehicles for drug delivery. As an example, bone morphogenetic protein 2 could be immobilized on SiO2 NF/CS matrices to induce osteogenic differentiation. Together, the electrospun nanofiber-reinforced 3D chitosan matrices exhibited improved mechanical properties and enhanced biofunctionality, showing great potential in tissue engineering.

Keywords:
chitosan hydrogel, electrospun nanofiber, mechanical property, nanofibrous matrix, tissue engineering

Affiliations:
Wang L. - Imperial College London (GB)
Lv H. - Medical College of Soochow University (CN)
Liu L. - Donghua University (CN)
Zhang Q. - Medical College of Soochow University (CN)
Nakielski P. - IPPT PAN
Si Y. - Donghua University (CN)
Cao J. - other affiliation
Li X. - Donghua University (CN)
Pierini F. - IPPT PAN
Yu J. - Donghua University (CN)
Ding B. - Donghua University (CN)

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