Hydrogel with silver nanoparticles synthesized by Mimosa tenuiflora for second-degree burns treatment

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In this work we use Mimosa tenuiflora (MtE) extracts as reducing agents to synthesize silver nanoparticles (AgMt NPs) which were characterized by DPPH and Total Polyphenols Assays, UV– visible, X‑ray diffractometer (XRD), high‑resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X‑ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). AgMt NPs possess average sizes of 21 nm and fcc crystalline structure, it was also confirmed that the MtE is present in the AgMt NPs even after the cleaning protocol applied. Subsequently, carbopol hydrogels were made and the MtE and the synthesized AgMt NPs were dispersed in different gels (MtE‑G and AgMt NPs‑ G, respectively) at 100 µg/g concentration. The gels were characterized by UV–Vis, IR, and rheology. Antimicrobial tests were performed using Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. Burn wound healing was evaluated in a second‑degree burn injury on a Wistar rats model for 14 days and additional skin biopsies were examined with histopathological analysis. Gel with commercial silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) was prepared and employed as a control on the biological assays. Hydrogel system containing silver nanoparticles synthesized with Mimosa tenuiflora (AgMt NPs‑G) is a promising therapeutic strategy for burn wound healing, this due to bactericidal and anti‑inflammatory effects, which promotes a more effective recovery (in percentage terms) by damaged area.
Original languageAmerican English
Article number11
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages16
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number11312
StatePublished - 28 May 2021

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