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    Studies on Loading Salicylic Acid in Xerogel Films of Crosslinked Hyaluronic Acid.

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    During the last decades, salicylic acid (SA) and hyaluronic acid (HA) have been studiedfor a wide range of cosmetic and pharmaceutical applications. The current study investigated thedrug loading potential of SA in HA-based crosslinked hydrogel films using a post-loading (osmosis)method of the unmedicated xerogels from saturated aqueous solutions of salicylic acid over a rangeof pH values. The films were characterized with Fourier-transform infra-red spectroscopy (FT-IR) andultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectrophotometry in order to elucidate the drug loading profile and thefilms’ integrity during the loading process. Additional studies on their weight loss (%), gel fraction(%), thickness increase (%) and swelling (%) were performed. Overall, the studies showed significantfilm disintegration at highly acidic and basic solutions. No drug loading occurred at neutral andbasic pH, possibly due to the anionic repulsion between SA and HA, whereas at, pH 2.1, the drugloading was promising and could be detected via UV-Vis analysis of the medicated solutions, withthe SA concentration in the xerogel films at 28% w/w

    Fabrication and Preliminary In Vitro Evaluation of 3D-Printed Alginate Films with Cannabidiol (CBD) and Cannabigerol (CBG) Nanoparticles for Potential Wound-Healing Applications

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    In this study, drug carrier nanoparticles comprised of Pluronic-F127 and cannabidiol (CBD) or cannabigerol (CBG) were developed, and their wound healing action was studied. They were further incorporated in 3D printed films based on sodium alginate. The prepared films were characterized morphologically and physicochemically and used to evaluate the drug release profiles of the nanoparticles. Additional studies on their water loss rate, water retention capacity, and 3D-printing shape fidelity were performed. Nanoparticles were characterized physicochemically and for their drug loading performance. They were further assessed for their cytotoxicity (MTT Assay) and wound healing action (Cell Scratch Assay). The in vitro wound-healing study showed that the nanoparticles successfully enhanced wound healing in the first 6 h of application, but in the following 6 h they had an adverse effect. MTT assay studies revealed that in the first 24 h, a concentration of 0.1 mg/mL nanoparticles resulted in satisfactory cell viability, whereas CBG nanoparticles were safe even at 48 h. However, in higher concentrations and after a threshold of 24 h, the cell viability was significantly decreased. The results also presented mono-disperse nano-sized particles with diameters smaller than 200 nm with excellent release profiles and enhanced thermal stability. Their entrapment efficiency and drug loading properties were higher than 97%. The release profiles of the active pharmaceutical ingredients from the films revealed a complete release within 24 h. The fabricated 3D-printed films hold promise for wound healing applications; however, more studies are needed to further elucidate their mechanism of action
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