A novel approach for efficient fabrication of chitosan nanoparticles-embedded bacterial nanocellulose conduits

Zhao Wei, Pan Pan, Feng F. Hong, Zhangjun Cao, Ying Ji, Lin Chen

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Incorporation of chitosan (CS) into Bacterial nanocellulose (BNC) matrix is of great interests in biomedical field due to the advantageous properties of each material. However, the conventional strategies result in poor composite effect with low efficiency. In this study, the three-dimensional fibrillar network of BNC was utilized as a template for the first time to homogeneously disperse CS to form nanoparticles (CSNPs) in BNC matrix via ionic gelation method, to develop chitosan nanoparticles-embedded bacterial nanocellulose (CSNPs-BNC) composites. This composite method is simple and efficient, without introducing dispersants and crosslinking agents, while retaining the mechanical properties and native 3D network structure of BNC. The CSNPs-BNC composites had excellent antibacterial activity to support potential clinical application. The CSNPs-BNC composites could promote the adhesion and proliferation of Schwann cells, and demonstrate good biocompatibility both in vitro and in vivo. The results indicated that CSNPs-BNC can provide a promising candidate for biomedical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number118002
JournalCarbohydrate Polymers
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2021


  • Antibacterial activity
  • Bacterial nanocellulose
  • Chitosan nanoparticles
  • Composite
  • Cytocompatibility
  • Dispersant
  • Ionic gelation
  • Template effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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