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Chronic wounds pose an increasingly significant worldwide economic burden (over £1 billion per annum in the UK alone). With the escalation in global obesity and diabetes, chronic wounds will increasingly be a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. Cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) are highly versatile and can be tailored with specific physical properties to produce an assortment of three-dimensional structures (hydrogels, aerogels or films), for subsequent utilization as wound dressing materials. Growth curves using CNF (diameter <20nm) in suspension demonstrated an interesting dose-dependent inhibition of bacterial growth. In addition, analysis of biofilm formation (Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1) on nanocellulose aerogels (20g/m2) revealed significantly less biofilm biomass with decreasing aerogel porosity and surface roughness. Importantly, virulence factor production by P. aeruginosa in the presence of nanocellulose materials, quantified for the first time, was unaffected (p>0.05) over 24h. These data demonstrate the potential of nanocellulose materials in the development of novel dressings that may afford significant clinical potential.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.carbpol.2016.11.080

Type

Journal article

Journal

Carbohydr Polym

Publication Date

10/02/2017

Volume

157

Pages

1955 - 1962

Keywords

Biofilms, COMSTAT, Characterisation, Nanocellulose, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Bandages, Biofilms, Cellulose, Nanoparticles, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Wood