Bactericidal activity of 3D-printed hydrogel dressing loaded with gallium maltolate. Academic Article uri icon


  • Chronic wounds are projected to reach epidemic proportions worldwide because of the aging population and the increasing incidence of diabetes. Despite extensive research, infection remains one of the leading sources of complications in chronic wounds, resulting in improper healing, biofilm formation, and lower extremity amputation. To address the limitations of standard treatments, we have developed a hydrogel wound dressing with self-tuning moisture control that incorporates a novel antimicrobial agent to eliminate and prevent infection. 3D-printing of a hydrogel dressing with dual porosity resulted in a new dressing with greater flexibility, increased water uptake, and more rapid swelling than bulk hydrogel dressings. Additionally, gallium maltolate (GaM) was incorporated into the dressing to investigate the efficacy of this antimicrobial agent. Loading profiles, release kinetics, and the bactericidal activity against Staphylococcus aureus (including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) of GaM were investigated in vitro to identify target profiles that supported infection control. Finally, GaM-loaded hydrogel dressings were evaluated in vivo, utilizing a murine splinted-wound model that was inoculated with S. aureus. In comparison to an untreated control, GaM dressings markedly reduced the wound bacterial load without compromising wound closure rates. Overall, this work demonstrates the utility of a 3D-printed hydrogel dressing as an antimicrobial dressing to control infection in chronic wounds.

published proceedings

  • APL Bioeng

altmetric score

  • 7.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Cereceres, S., Lan, Z., Bryan, L., Whitely, M., Wilems, T., Greer, H., ... Cosgriff-Hernandez, E.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Cereceres, Stacy||Lan, Ziyang||Bryan, Laura||Whitely, Michael||Wilems, Thomas||Greer, Hunter||Alexander, Ellen Ruth||Taylor, Robert J||Bernstein, Lawrence||Cohen, Noah||Whitfield-Cargile, Canaan||Cosgriff-Hernandez, Elizabeth

publication date

  • June 2019