A serum amyloid P-binding hydrogel speeds healing of partial thickness wounds in pigs. Academic Article uri icon


  • During wound healing, some circulating monocytes enter the wound, differentiate into fibroblast-like cells called fibrocytes, and appear to then further differentiate into myofibroblasts, cells that play a key role in collagen deposition, cytokine release, and wound contraction. The differentiation of monocytes into fibrocytes is inhibited by the serum protein serum amyloid P (SAP). Depleting SAP at a wound site thus might speed wound healing. SAP binds to some types of agarose in the presence of Ca(2+). We found that human SAP binds to an agarose with a K(D) of 7 x 10(-8) M and a B(max) of 2.1 microg SAP/mg wet weight agarose. Mixing this agarose 1 : 5 w/v with 30 microg/mL human SAP (the average SAP concentration in normal serum) in a buffer containing 2 mM Ca(2+) reduced the free SAP concentration to approximately 0.02 microg/mL, well below the concentration that inhibits fibrocyte differentiation. Compared with a hydrogel dressing and a foam dressing, dressings containing this agarose and Ca(2+) significantly increased the speed of wound healing in partial thickness wounds in pigs. This suggests that agarose/Ca(2+) dressings may be beneficial for wound healing in humans.

published proceedings

  • Wound Repair Regen

author list (cited authors)

  • Gomer, R. H., Pilling, D., Kauvar, L. M., Ellsworth, S., Ronkainen, S. D., Roife, D., & Davis, S. C.

citation count

  • 17

complete list of authors

  • Gomer, Richard H||Pilling, Darrell||Kauvar, Lawrence M||Ellsworth, Stote||Ronkainen, Sanna D||Roife, David||Davis, Stephen C

publication date

  • May 2009