Molecular & Cellular Toxicology

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 370–377 | Cite as

Toxicologic evaluation of bacterial synthesized cellulose in endothelial cells and animals

  • Seong Il Jeong
  • Seung Eun Lee
  • Hana Yang
  • Young-Ho Jin
  • Cheung-Seog Park
  • Yong Seek ParkEmail author
Original Paper


Compared to plant cellulose, bacterial cellulose synthesized by Gluconacetobacter xylinus has features such as high crystallinity, tensile strength and water absorption capacity; biocompatibility; resistance to degradation and low solubility that may be advantageous for engineered tissue. However, little information is available concerning the potential toxicity of bacterial cellulose-based biomaterials. The present study investigated the toxicity of bacterial cellulose nanofibers in vitro in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) using viability and flow cytometric assays and in vivo using C57/Bl6 mice. The absence of toxicity in vitro and in vivo supports the view that bacterial cellulose may be amenable for use as a tissue engineering biomaterial.


Bacterial cellulose Gluconacetobacter xylinus Endothelial cells Tissue engineering Biocompatibility 


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© The Korean Society of Toxicogenomics and Toxicoproteomics and Springer Netherlands 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Seong Il Jeong
    • 1
  • Seung Eun Lee
    • 1
  • Hana Yang
    • 1
  • Young-Ho Jin
    • 2
  • Cheung-Seog Park
    • 1
  • Yong Seek Park
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Microbiology, School of MedicineKyung Hee UniversitySeoulKorea
  2. 2.Department of Physiology, School of MedicineKyung Hee UniversitySeoulKorea

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