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Distinctive Nanogels as High-Efficiency Transdermal Carriers for Skin Wound Healing

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We propose that nanogels (HLGs) prepared by simply blending an epidermal growth factor (EGF)-loaded hyaluronan (HA)-based nanoformulation and poloxamers can be efficient transdermal drug carriers. In particular, due to the thermogelling behavior of poloxamer, when the HLGs, which are liquid at room temperature, are applied to the skin's surface, they form a gel at skin temperature. First, lipid-based nanoformulations (EGF-LNs) were fabricated by the lipid thin film method and then chemically conjugated with HA on the surface of the films to prepare EGF-loaded HA-based nanoformulations (EGF-HLNs). Both EGF-LNs and EGF-HLNs exhibited a uniform size and spherical lamellar structure. The EGF-HLN was added to a poloxamer solution to form EGF-HLG, which is a liquid at room temperature and a gel at skin temperature. HLGs have been shown to be able to deliver and permeate EGF well into the skin using both in vitro and in vivo systems, thus serving as an effective transdermal delivery system. In addition, it has been confirmed that this system could be a possible implantable drug carrier. Therefore, HLGs, which are uncomplicated and easily prepared, are expected to be easily used not only in the pharmaceutical field but also in the cosmetic field.
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Keywords: HYALURONAN; HYDROGEL; POLOXAMER; SKIN ADHESION; TEMPERATURE RESPONSIVE; TRANSDERMAL DRUG DELIVERY; WOUND HEALING

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2020

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