Nanoengineered injectable hydrogels for wound healing application. Academic Article uri icon


  • UNLABELLED: We report injectable nanoengineered hemostats for enhanced wound healing and tissue regeneration. The nanoengineered system consists of the natural polysaccharide, -carrageenan (CA), loaded with synthetic two-dimensional (2D) nanosilicates. Nanoengineered hydrogels showed shear-thinning characteristics and can be injected for minimally invasive approaches. The injectable gels can be physically crosslinked in presence of monovalent ions to form mechanically strong hydrogels. By controlling the ratio between CA and nanosilicates, compressive stiffness of crosslinked hydrogels can be modulated between 20 and 200kPa. Despite high mechanical stiffness, nanocomposite hydrogels are highly porous with an interconnected network. The addition of nanosilicates to CA increases protein adsorption on nanocomposite hydrogels that results in enhance cell adhesion and spreading, increase platelets binding and reduce blood clotting time. Moreover, due to presence of nanosilicates, a range of therapeutic biomacromolecules can be deliver in a sustain manner. The addition of nanosilicates significantly suppresses the release of entrap vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and facilitate in vitro tissue regeneration and wound healing. Thus, this multifunctional nanocomposite hydrogel can be used as an injectable hemostat and an efficient vehicle for therapeutic delivery to facilitate tissue regeneration. STATEMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE: Hemorrhage is a leading cause of death in battlefield wounds, anastomosis hemorrhage and percutaneous intervention. Thus, there is a need for the development of novel bioactive materials to reduce the likelihood of hemorrhagic shock stemming from internal wounds. Here, we introduce an injectable hemostat from kappa-carrageenan and two-dimensional (2D) nanosilicates. Nanosilicates mechanically reinforce the hydrogels, provide enhanced physiological stability and accelerate the clotting time by two-fold. The sustained release of entrapped therapeutics due to presence of nanosilicates promotes enhanced wound healing. The multifunctional nanocomposite hydrogels could be used as an injectable hemostat for penetrating injury and percutaneous intervention during surgery.

published proceedings

  • Acta Biomater

altmetric score

  • 276.502

author list (cited authors)

  • Lokhande, G., Carrow, J. K., Thakur, T., Xavier, J. R., Parani, M., Bayless, K. J., & Gaharwar, A. K.

citation count

  • 133

complete list of authors

  • Lokhande, Giriraj||Carrow, James K||Thakur, Teena||Xavier, Janet R||Parani, Madasamy||Bayless, Kayla J||Gaharwar, Akhilesh K

publication date

  • January 2018