Development and characterization of a superabsorbing hydrogel film containing var. root bark and pullulan for skin wound healing.
Park TH, Lee S, Amatya R, Maharjan P, Kim HJ, Park WS, Ahn MJ, Kim SY, Moon C, Cheong H, Min KA, Shin MC.
Saudi pharmaceutical journal : SPJ : the official publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society. 2020; 28(7): 791-802

Abstract

Ulmus davidiana var. japonica (UD) has widely been used in Korean traditional medicine for the treatment of various types of diseases including inflammation and skin wounds. The UD root bark powders possess gelling activity with an excellent capacity for absorbing water. This distinct property could make the UD root bark powders to be a great material for manufacturing a gel film specifically for the healing of large and highly exudating wounds (e.g., pressure sores and diabetic ulcers). In this research, we separated the UD root bark powder into 4 different samples based on their sizes and then tested their water absorption capacity and flowability. Based on these results, 75-150 mum sized and below 75 mum sized samples of UD root bark powders were chosen, and UD gel films were prepared. The UD gel films showed good thermal stability and mechanically improved properties compared with pullulan only gel film with excellent swelling capacity and favorable skin adhesiveness. Further, in the animal studies with the skin wound mice model, the UD gel films exhibited significant therapeutic effects on accelerating wound closure and dermal regeneration. Overall, this study demonstrated the applicability of UD root bark powders for hydrogel wound dressing materials, and the potential of UD gel films to be superior wound dressings to currently available ones. CI - (c) 2020 The Author(s).



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