bFGF and collagen matrix hydrogel attenuates burn wound inflammation through activation of ERK and TRK pathway.


Chakrabarti S(1)(2), Mazumder B(2), Rajkonwar J(1), Pathak MP(1), Patowary P(1), Chattopadhyay P(3).
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(1)Defence Research Laboratory, Tezpur, Assam, 784 001, India.
(2)Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh, Assam, 786004, India.
(3)Defence Research Laboratory, Tezpur, Assam, 784 001, India. [Email]


Burn injuries are most challenging to manage since it causes loss of the integrity of large portions of the skin leading to major disability or even death. Over the years, hydrogels are considered as a significant delivery system for wound treatment because of several advantages over other conventional formulations. We hypothesized that the bFGF-collagen-AgSD incorporated hydrogel formulation can accelerate the rate of burn healing in animal model and would promote fibroblast cell proliferation. Neovascularization and re-epithelialization is a hall mark of burn wound healing. In the present study, histopathological investigation and scanning electron microscopy of skin tissue of Wistar rats showed almost complete epithelialisation after 16 days in the treatment group. The developed hydrogel showed significantly accelerated wound closure compared with a standard and control group. The faster wound closure resulted from increased re-epithelialization and granulation tissue formation because of the presence of collagen and growth factor. Expressions of proteins such as TrkA, p- TrkA, ERK1/2, p-ERK1/2, NF-kβ, and p-NF-kβ involved in nerve growth factor (NGF) signalling pathway were analysed by western blot. All the findings obtained from this study indicated that the hydrogel can be considered as a promising delivery system against second degree burn by faster healing.