Angiopoietin-1 derived peptide hydrogel promotes molecular hallmarks of regeneration and wound healing in dermal fibroblasts

iScience. 2023 Jan 14;26(2):105984. doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2023.105984. eCollection 2023 Feb 17.


By providing an ideal environment for healing, biomaterials can be designed to facilitate and encourage wound regeneration. As the wound healing process is complex, there needs to be consideration for the cell types playing major roles, such as fibroblasts. As a major cell type in the dermis, fibroblasts have a large impact on the processes and outcomes of wound healing. Prevopisly, conjugating the angiopoietin-1 derived Q-peptide (QHREDGS) to a collagen-chitosan hydrogel created a biomaterial with in vivo success in accelerating wound healing. This study utilized solvent cast Q-peptide conjugated collagen-chitosan seeded with fibroblast monolayers to investigate the direct impact of the material on this major cell type. After 24 h, fibroblasts had a significant change in release of anti-inflammatory, pro-healing, and ECM deposition cytokines, with demonstrated immunomodulatory effects on macrophages and upregulated expression of critical wound healing genes.

PMID:36818306 | PMC:PMC9932487 | DOI:10.1016/j.isci.2023.105984


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