Genipin cross-linked chitosan–PVA composite films: An investigation on the impact of cross-linking on accelerating wound healing

Ruchira Panchal, Tarun Mateti, K. Likhith, Fiona Concy Rodrigues, Goutam Thakur

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Abstract

The applications of composite films in wound healing are immense, and the quest for suitable biomaterials drives research. Natural polymers lack mechanical strength; by cross-linking, their chemical nature can be changed through interlinking via intermolecular interactions rather than chemical bonds. This study explores the applications of cross-linked chitosan–polyvinyl alcohol–genipin films prepared using the solvent casting method. The cross-linked films were analyzed for their chemical structural changes, structural morphology, mechanical strength, and water retention capabilities. Comparative studies were performed with the un-crosslinked counterparts. Results indicated an increased tensile strength of 67.2% and improved water retention because of their compact structure. Further, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy confirmed that cross-linking occurred in the films, and scanning electron microscope micrographs showed that the films were uniform with a continuous morphology. Thereafter, an in vivo study was performed to assess the effectiveness of the films on wounds made on Albino Wistar rats. Histopathological analysis indicated quick fibroblast generation and angiogenesis using the cross-linked films, affirming their suitability for wound healing applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105339
JournalReactive and Functional Polymers
Volume178
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 09-2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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