Naturally-derived electrospun wound dressings for target delivery of bio-active agents

Shohreh Fahimirad, Fatemeh Ajalloueian

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Abstract

Electrospun nanofibers are known as the advanced means for wound dressing. They have represented remarkable potency to encapsulate and deliver biomolecules promoting the wound healing process. Compared to synthetic polymers, naturally derived polymers (NDP) are more qualified candidates for fabrication of biomedical electrospun scaffolds. Not only nanofibers of NDP illustrate higher biocompatibility and biodegradability rates, but also they mimic the native extracellular matrix more closely, which leads to the wound closure acceleration by enhancing tissue regeneration. Aside, incorporation of bioactive molecules and therapeutic agents into the nanofibers can generate innovative bioactive wound dressings with significantly improved healing potentials. This paper starts with a brief discussion on the steps and factors influencing the wound healing process. Then, the recent applications of electrospun nanofibers as wound dressing with healing accelerating properties are reviewed. Further, the various healing agents and alternative strategies for modification and functionalization of bioactive naturally-derived electrospun nanofibers are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalINTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHARMACEUTICS
Volume566
Pages (from-to)307-328
ISSN0378-5173
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Naturally-derived polymers
  • Bioactive molecules
  • Electrospun nanofibers
  • Wound dressing

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