In-situ wound healing by SDF-1-mimic peptide-loaded click crosslinked hyaluronic acid scaffold

Young Hun Kim, Shina Kim, Hyun Jin Ju, Min Ji Han, Yongdoo Park, Eunha Kim, Hak Soo Choi, Sangdun Choi, Moon Suk Kim

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Abstract

Endogenous stem cell-based in-situ tissue regeneration has recently gained considerable attention. In this study, we investigated the potential of a chemokine, SDF-1-mimic peptide (SMP), to promote endogenous stem cell-based in-situ wound healing. Our approach involved the development of a click crosslinked hyaluronic acid scaffold loaded with SMP (Cx-HA + SMP) to release SMP in a wound site. The Cx-HA scaffold maintained its structural integrity throughout the wound healing process and also captured endogenous stem cells. Gradual SMP release from the Cx-HA + SMP scaffold established a concentration gradient at the wound site. In animal wound experiments, Cx-HA + SMP exhibited faster wound contraction compared to Cx-HA + SDF-1. Additionally, Cx-HA + SMP resulted in approximately 1.2–1.6 times higher collagen formation compared to Cx-HA + SDF-1. SMP released from the Cx-HA + SMP scaffold promoted endogenous stem cell migration to the wound site 1.5 times more effectively than Cx-HA + SDF-1. Moreover, compared to Cx-HA + SDF-1, Cx-HA + SMP exhibited higher expression of CXCR4 and CD31, as well as the positive markers CD29 and CD44 for endogenous stem cells. The endogenous stem cells that migrated through Cx-HA + SMP regenerated into wound skin with minimal scar granule formation, similar to the normal tissue. In conclusion, SMP peptide offers greater convenience, while efficiently attracting migrating endogenous stem cells compared to the SDF protein. Our findings suggest that Cx-HA + SMP scaffolds hold promise as a strategy to enhance endogenous stem cell-based in-situ wound healing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)420-434
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Controlled Release
Volume364
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Dec

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Keywords

  • Endogenous stem cell
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • In situ wound healing
  • Scaffold
  • SDF-1-mimic peptide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science

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