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Evaluation of propylene glycol nanoliposomes containing curcumin on burn wound model in rat: biocompatibility, wound healing, and anti-bacterial effects


Curcumin is an effective wound healing agent in burn therapy, but due to its low bioavailability, it is required to be formulated for topical therapy. Liposomal nanocarriers are developed as stable and efficient dermal delivery systems. In this study, we prepared curcumin-propylene glycol liposomes (Cur-PgL) to treat animals subjected to second degree burns. The characterization tests confirmed the production of monodisperse nanoliposomes of average size of about 145 nm with high entrapment efficiency percentage and a sustained release behavior. TEM analysis of nanocarriers showed no aggregation in long time storage up to 60 days. The biocompatibility of the Cur-PgL formulation was evaluated by ISO standards. We found that Cur-PgL 0.3% was the effective dose in injured rats without any side effects on intact skin. The cytotoxicity of the Cur-PgL 0.3% nanovesicles was also assessed on human dermal fibroblast (HDF) cells. The results showed no detectable cytotoxicity, but considerable cytotoxicity was observed in higher concentration of 1.5 and 3 mg/ml of free and PgL forms of curcumin. Eight days of application of Cur-PgL on burned rats resulted in a significant (P<0.001) recovery of wound repair parameters, and after 18 days, wound contraction occurred significantly (P < 0.001) compared to the other groups. The antibacterial activity of the Cur-PgL formulation was found to be similar to the silver sulfadiazine (SSD) cream 1% regarding the inhibition of the bacterial growth. In conclusion, the low dose of curcumin nanoliposomal formulation efficiently improved injuries and infections of burn wounds and it can be considered in burn therapy.

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This research has been supported by Tehran University of Medical sciences and health Services grant (No.30288-158-03-94).

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Kianvash, N., Bahador, A., Pourhajibagher, M. et al. Evaluation of propylene glycol nanoliposomes containing curcumin on burn wound model in rat: biocompatibility, wound healing, and anti-bacterial effects. Drug Deliv. and Transl. Res. 7, 654–663 (2017).

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  • Burn infection
  • Wound healing
  • Curcumin
  • Nanoliposome
  • Propylene glycol
  • Biocompatibility