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Injectable and Degradable PEG Hydrogel with Antibacterial Performance for Promoting Wound Healing

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posted on 02.03.2021, 19:10 by Siju Liu, Tao Jiang, Renqi Guo, Chuang Li, Cuifen Lu, Guichun Yang, Junqi Nie, Feiyi Wang, Xiaofan Yang, Zhenbing Chen
Injectable and degradable PEG hydrogel was prepared via Michael-type addition between cross-linking monomer 4-arm-PEG-MAL and two cross-linkers of hydrolysis degradable PEG-diester-dithiol and non-degradable PEG-dithiol, and it had a porous structure with the uniform pore size. The biocompatibility assays in vitro indicated that PEG hydrogel had excellent biocompatibility and can be degraded naturally without leading to any negative impact on cells. The results of antibacterial experiments showed that PEG hydrogel can inhibit the growth of bacteria. Furthermore, the Cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK-8) assay, LIVE/DEAD cell staining, and scratch healing experiments proved that PEG hydrogel can promote cell proliferation and migration, which had been further confirmed in in vivo experiments on the rat wound models. All experimental results demonstrated that PEG hydrogel is an injectable antibacterial dressing, which can promote the process of wound healing and has great potential in the field of wound healing.