Boron and Poloxamer (F68 and F127) Containing Hydrogel Formulation for Burn Wound Healing

Demirci S., Dogan A., Karakus E., HALICI Z., Topcu A., DEMİRCİ E., ...More

BIOLOGICAL TRACE ELEMENT RESEARCH, vol.168, no.1, pp.169-180, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 168 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12011-015-0338-z
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.169-180
  • Keywords: Boron, Burn, Pluronic, Silver sulfadiazine, Wound healing, IN-VITRO, RATS, CELL, SILVER, DIFFERENTIATION, ANGIOGENESIS, DRESSINGS, OXIDE, SKIN
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


Burn injuries, the most common and destructive forms of wounds, are generally accompanied with life-threatening infections, inflammation, reduced angiogenesis, inadequate extracellular matrix production, and lack of growth factor stimulation. In the current study, a new antimicrobial carbopol-based hydrogel formulated with boron and pluronic block copolymers was evaluated for its healing activity using in vitro cell culture techniques and an experimental burn model. Cell viability, gene expression, and wound healing assays showed that gel formulation increased wound healing potential. In vitro tube-like structure formation and histopathological examinations revealed that gel not only increased wound closure by fibroblastic cell activity, but also induced vascularization process. Moreover, gel formulation exerted remarkable antimicrobial effects against bacteria, yeast, and fungi. Migration, angiogenesis, and contraction-related protein expressions including collagen, alpha-smooth muscle actin, transforming growth factor-beta 1, vimentin, and vascular endothelial growth factor were considerably enhanced in gel-treated groups. Macrophage-specific antigen showed an oscillating expression at the burn wounds, indicating the role of initial macrophage migration to the wound site and reduced inflammation phase. This is the first study indicating that boron containing hydrogel is able to heal burn wounds effectively. The formulation promoted burn wound healing via complex mechanisms including stimulation of cell migration, growth factor expression, inflammatory response, and vascularization.