Journal of Biomaterials and Nanobiotechnology
Vol.09 No.01(2018), Article ID:81813,10 pages

Special Nanoskin-ACT-Biological Membranes from Deep Wounds

Saqer Al Mualla1, Mashael Al Nabooda1, Noura Salim Salman1, Pierre Basmaji2, Gabriel Molina De Olyveira3*, Ligia Maria Manzine Costa4, José Domingos Da Costa Oliveira2, Gino Bruno Francozo2

1Al Qassimi Hospital/Kuwait Hospital, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

2Innovatec’s-Biotechnology Research and Development, São Carlos, Brazil

3Department of Nanomedicine and Nanotoxicology, IFSC-USP, São Carlos, Brazil

4Materials Engineering Department, São Carlos School of Engineering, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Copyright © 2018 by authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution International License (CC BY 4.0).

Received: December 12, 2017; Accepted: January 15, 2018; Published: January 18, 2018


Bacterial cellulose (BC) is established as a newest biomaterial, and it can be used for medical and odontology applications. In addition, it has called attention for uses such as membrane for wound care and tissue engineering. In this work, the bacterial cellulose fermentation process is modified by the addition of natural materials before the bacteria are inoculated. In vivo behavior using natural ECM for regenerative medicine is presented and completed wound healing process is 3 months.


Bacterial Cellulose (Nanoskin®) & ACT (Advanced Cell Therapy), Natural Nanocomposites, Tissue Engineering

1. Introduction

Patients with chronic wounds are treated successfully (80%) by the district nurse or practice nurse staff [1] .

After a certain time, often self-determined by the community nurse team, the non-healing patient is referred to a “wound care specialist” who will initially assess the wound care policy and patient records of how they have been treated to date. If the treatment was deemed to be poor or sub optimal, the wound care specialist will initially instigate a “gold standard” regime of advanced wound care therapy. If this therapy is successful they will continue to heal with advanced wound care alone [2] .

If the previous treatment undertaken was deemed to be good or gold standard care, the wound care specialist will assess the wound and recommend/use a series of advanced therapies which would be needed to promote the ultimate healing of the wound [3] .

The improved understanding of the physiology of wounds and the processes involved in wound healing have resulted in a change of understanding as regards the wound environment and healing [3] .

Previous non-healing wounds were assumed to have a deficiency in the epithelial cells, it is excepted a problem of Extra Cellular Matrix (ECM) which is the major issue in static non healing chronic wounds [4] .

In this scope, Natural ECM is the ideal biological scaffold since it contains all the components of the tissue. Constructive remodeling can be performed using such natural ECM scaffolds and vegetal/animal stem cells since, the cells can be delivered to the site of infraction and once delivered the cells help wound dressing process. The development of niche mimicking biomaterials and hybrid biomaterial can further advance directed differentiation without specific induction [5] [6] .

The extracellular matrix (ECM) contains an abundant variety of signals that are received by cell surface receptors and contribute to cell adhesion and cell fate, via regulation of cellular activities such as proliferation, migration and differentiation. As such, regenerative medicine studies often rely on mimicking the natural ECM to promote the formation of new tissue by host cells, and characterization of natural ECM components is vital for the development of new biomimetic approaches [7] [8] .

Bacterial cellulose (BC)-Nanoskin® & ACT (Advanced Cell Therapy) is a natural cellulose produced by bacterial synthesis by biochemical steps and self-assembling of the secreted cellulose fibrils on the medium. Shaping of BC materials in the culture medium can be controlled by the type of cultivation that changes chain size, origin of strains which produces different proportions of crystalline phase of BC and the kind of bioreactor. BC hydrogel or BC in dry state is then obtained by methods, such as freeze-drying [9] [10] . The structural features of microbial cellulose, its properties and compatibility as a biomaterial for regenerative medicine can be changed by modifying its culture medium [11] or surface modification by physical [12] [13] ; chemical methods [14] and genetic modifications [15] to obtain a biomaterial with less rejection when in contact to the body [16] [17] .

Bacterial cellulose fibers mimics Collagen in creating an extra cellular matrix in the wound, which is neither originating from Animals (e.g. SIS matrix) nor synthetic (man-made), and it therefore must be described as Artificial Biology. This artificial biological ECM replaces the body’s own lost or damaged ECM and also stimulates the body to produce more of its own Collagen, which supports the body’s wound healing closure mechanism. Stimulating Fibroblast production and subsequently TGF―β (Transforming growth factor beta) production will also be stimulated. Then granulation and epithelialization will start due to the presence of fibroblasts, endothelial cells are attracted to the wound producing growth factors, fibroblasts will release the body’s own collagen and glycosaminoglycans. The combination of collagen and fibronectin forms the new ECM, ECM synthesis and new vessels, granulation tissue formation and epithelialization by Keratinocyte migration, results in and increase in the dermis volume and accelerating the healing [18] [19] .

However, structural changes may interfere with the physical chemical properties of the surface, producing a biomaterial with properties like tissue/implant interface stability suitable for cell adhesion. Besides, recent works study chemical changes in bacterial cellulose surface for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine [20] [21] [22] .

In this work, novel in vivo studies of natural nanocomposites with bacterial cellulose for functional materials are reported with complete wound healing. In order to produce scaffolds with drug delivery ability and better cell adhesion, fermentation changes in bacterial cellulose with chondroitin sulfate, hyaluronic acid and beta glucan were performed and its in vivo cell behavior is presented.

2. Materials and Methods

2.1. Materials

The bacterial cellulose-Nanoskin® & ACT (Advanced Cell Therapy) raw material was provided from Innovatec’s (São Carlos SP, Brazil). Chondroitin sulfate, hyaluronic acid sodium salt from Streptococcus equi (bacterial glycosaminoglycan polysaccharide) and beta glucan were purchased from Sigma Aldrich.

2.2. Methods

2.2.1. Synthesis of Bacterial Cellulose and Bacterial Cellulose/ Chondroitin Sulfate/Hyaluronic Acid/Beta-Glucan

The acetic fermentation process was achieved by using glucose as a carbohydrate source. Results of this process are vinegar and a nanobiocellulose biomass. The modifying process is based on the addition of hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate and beta-glucan (1% w/w) to the culture medium before the bacteria is inoculated. Bacterial cellulose (BC) is produced by Gram-negative bacteria Gluconacetobacter xylinus, which can be obtained from the culture medium in the pure 3-D structure, consisting of an ultra fine network of cellulose nanofibers [19] .

2.2.2. Bionanocomposite Preparation

In the present study, a novel biomaterial has been explored and bacterial cellulose nanocomposites have been prepared; BC/chondroitin sulfate, hyaluronic acid and beta glucan (BC1).

2.3. Characterization

Transmission infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, Perkin Elmer Spectrum 1000).

Influences of hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate and beta-glucan in bacterial cellulose were analyzed in the range between 250 and 4000 cm−1 and with 2 cm−1 resolution with samples.

In vivo analysis evaluation-Clinical study at Sharjah kuwait hospital under supervision of Dr. Saqer Al Mualla Consultant Head of Plastic Surgeons Department, Dr. Mashael Al Nabooda Plastic Surgeon Specialist and Dr. Noura Salim Salman plastic surgeon specialist in evaluation case-patient knocked by car presented with deep laceration of the lateral aspect of the right leg and foot, with loss of skin, soft tissue over the right and lateral malleolus. The wounds show necrotic tissue with black parts, bad offensive odor and small amount of pus.

3. Results and Discussion

3.1. FTIR-Interaction between Bacterial Cellulose with Materials

Influences of hyaluronic acid (HA), chondroitin sulfate (CS) and beta glucan in bacterial cellulose were analyzed in the range between 250 and 4000 cm−1 and with resolution of 2 cm−1 with FTIR analysis. The main features of the bacterial cellulose in infrared spectroscopy is: 3500 cm−1: OH stretching, 2900 cm−1: CH stretching of alkane and asymmetric CH2 stretching, 2700 cm−1: CH2 symmetric stretching, 1640 cm−1: OH deformation, 1400 cm−1: CH2 deformation, 1370 cm−1: CH3 deformation, 1340 cm−1: OH deformation and 1320 - 1030 cm−1: CO deformation [23] .

It can be observed similar OH stretching (at 2900 cm−1) in bacterial cellulose/ beta glucan composites, however with hyaluronic acid (BC/HA) and chondroitin sulfate (BC/CS) addition, there is differences mainly because of the NH2 interaction with hydroxyl groups (Figure 1). Besides, similar transmission peaks can be observed in the symmetrical stretching of CH2 bonds of bacterial cellulose structures at peak of 1640 cm−1 and similar transmission peak was obtained in the range of 1490 cm−1 on both samples, which shows the presence of a carbonyl

Figure 1. FTIR spectra of bacterial cellulose nanocomposites.

group in the bacterial cellulose together with bonds corresponding to those of glycoside, including C-O-C at 1162 cm−1 [24] , which clearly show one strong hydrogen bond between bacterial cellulose-beta glucan and chondroitin sulfate/hyaluronic acid, mainly by hydroxyl and carbonyl groups.

3.2. In Vivo Analysis

Child Patient (M.M) enters in Al Qassimi Hospital/Kuwait Hospital on April 2017, diagnosed with Amputation prognosis. It was performed immediate intervention with clinical protocols for this disease using doctors procedures for cleaning the wound.

In April 2017 there is some Minimal debridement by Debrisoft as observed in Figure 2.

In April 15th-2017 started treatment with Bacterial cellulose-ACT (Nanoskin®) membranes. After using the Bacterial cellulose material in alternate days, it can be observed an excellent recovery of the edge and bottom of the wound and wound area reduction. The aesthetic gain of the lesion was excellent as observed in Figure 3 and Figure 4.

Leg wound on NanoSkin® was kept for 1 week and foot wound was change in alternate day dressing with NanoSkin®-ACT. The simple application of dressing, only required the association of saline, gauze and bandage, decrease patient stay and operating room use, resulting in a better cost- benefit as observed in Figure 4. Besides, it can be observed leg wound healed well and foot wound covered by healthy Granulation tissue which started to cover the exposed bone as observed in Figure 4(b). In Figure 4(c), child was discharged and foot wound shows no more exposed bone shifter to NanoSkin dressing weekly.

Finally, laser CO2 and Nanoskin®-ACT membranes complete wound healing process only in two and three months as observed in Figure 5(a) and Figure 5(b).

Figure 2. Wound healing with minimal debridement.

Figure 3. Wound healing with bacterial cellulose-ACT-Nanoskin® membranes.


Figure 4. Wound healing with bacterial cellulose-ACT-Nanoskin® membranes after 1 week ((a) and (b)) and 1 month (c).


Figure 5. Final Wound healing process with bacterial cellulose-ACT-Nanoskin® membranes after 2 months (a) and 3 months (b).

4. Conclusions

Bacterial cellulose (Nanoskin®) was successfully modified by changing the fermentation medium with natural materials as shown by FTIR, which produced suitable scaffolds for use in applications like cell attachment, drug delivery and wound healing process. A natural scaffold produced with bacterial cellulose has good tissue adhesion over time and compatibility, being an extremely effective material for tissue regeneration. Thus, undoubtedly, natural-origin polymers or nature-inspired materials appear as the natural and desired choice for medical and dental applications.

In conclusion, Natural bacterial cellulose membranes are applied to protective cover and sutures, with or without exudate lesions and different burn area, changing burn to favorable wound healing, besides, process takes few months and can be used for all age people.

Cite this paper

Al Mualla, S., Al Nabooda, M., Salman, N.S., Basmaji, P., De Olyveira, G.M., Costa, L.M.M., Da Costa Oliveira, J.D. and Francozo, G.B. (2018) Special Nanoskin-ACT-Biological Membranes from Deep Wounds. Journal of Biomaterials and Nanobiotechnology, 9, 79-88.


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