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|Title:||Fabrication and characterization of low methoxyl pectin/gelatin/carboxymethyl cellulose absorbent hydrogel film for wound dressing applications|
|Abstract:||© 2019 by the authors. In this study, hydrogel films composed of low methoxyl pectin (LMP), gelatin, and carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) were fabricated. Glycerin was used as a plasticizer while glutaraldehyde (Glu) and calcium chloride (CaCl2) were used as crosslinking agents in film preparation. Hydrogel films were morphologically characterized and evaluated for mechanical properties. In addition, the investigations for fluid uptake ability, water retention capacity, water vapor transmission rate, and integrity value of the invented films were performed. The results showed that F-Glu-Ca-G30 film demonstrated superior properties when compared to other prepared films. It demonstrated a high percentage of elongation at break (32.80%), fluid uptake ability (88.45% at 2 h), water retention capacity (81.70% at 2 h), water vapor transmission rate (1889 g/m2/day), and integrity value (86.42%). F-Glu-Ca-G30 film was subsequently selected for 10% w/w povidone iodine (PI) loading and tested for anti-Staphylococcus aureus activity using an agar diffusion assay. Notably, F-Glu-Ca-G30-PI film demonstrated a dramatic ability to inhibit microbial growth, when compared to both a blank film and iodine solution control. Our LMP/gelatin/CMC hydrogel film promises to be an effective dressing material with high fluid absorption capacity, fluid holding ability, and water vapor transmission rate. Incorporation of antibiotics such as povidone iodine into the films conferred its antimicrobial property thereby highlighting its potential dermatological use. However, further clinical studies of the application of this hydrogel film as wound dressing material is recommended.|
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