Mussel-inspired antimicrobial gelatin/chitosan tissue adhesive rapidly activated in situ by H2O2/ascorbic acid for infected wound closure

The development of minimally invasive surgery has created a demand for ideal medical adhesives exhibiting biocompatibility, biodegradability, antimicrobial activity, and strong adhesion to tissues in wet environments. However, as clinically approved surgical tissue glues suffer from poor adhesion activation, limited adhesion strength, and toxicity, novel tissue glues are highly sought after. Herein, a mussel-inspired injectable hydrogel was prepared from catechol- and methacrylate-modified chitosan/gelatin and shown to exhibit biocompatibility, inherent antimicrobial activity, and good adhesion to wet tissues. Moreover, as this gel could be applied onto tissue surfaces and cured in situ within seconds of body contact by a biocompatible and multifunctional redox initiator (H2O2-ascorbic acid), it was concluded to be a promising surgical sealant and wound dressing (even for infected wounds) accelerating wound healing.

» Author: Xin Ye He, Ao Sun, Tao Li, Yong Jun Qian, Hong Qian, Yun Fei Ling, Ling Hong Zhang, Qing Ya Liu, Tao Peng, Zhiyong Qian

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This project has received funding from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº 745828