Designing responsive dressings for inflammatory skin disorders; encapsulating antioxidant nanoparticles into biocompatible electrospun fibres†
Inflammatory skin disorders are highly prevalent and current treatments are marred by side-effects. Here, we have designed anti-inflammatory fibrous sheets with the potential to treat low exudate inflammatory skin disorders such as psoriasis or atopic dermatitis. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nanoparticles composed of crosslinked poly(propylene sulfide) (PPS) were encapsulated in poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) fibres via electrospinning from an aqueous suspension. The loading of nanoparticles did not adversely effect the homogenous nature of the electrospun fibres; furthermore, nanoparticles retained their morphology, size and anti-inflammatory character after electrospinning. The PPS-nanoparticle-loaded nanofibres were found to be highly cytocompatible when tested on human dermal fibroblasts. These findings suggest they have significant potential to topically treat inflamed tissues that are characterized by high reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels.
- This article is part of the themed collection: 2021 Soft Matter Emerging Investigators