The irregular deep chronic wound is a grand challenge to be healed due to multiple factors including slow angiogenesis that causing regenerated tissue failure. The narrow gap of deep wounds could hinder and slow down normal wound healing. Thus, the current study aimed to develop a polymerised genipin-crosslinked gelatin (gelipin) hydrogel (GNP_GH) as a potential biodegradable filler for the abovementioned limitations. Briefly, GNP_GH bioscaffolds have been developed successfully within three-minute polymerisation at room temperature (22-24 °C). The physicochemical and biocompatibility of GNP_GH bioscaffolds were respectively evaluated. Amongst GNP_GH groups, the 0.1%GNP_GH10% displayed the highest injectability (97.3 ± 0.6%). Meanwhile, the 0.5%GNP_GH15% degraded within more than two weeks with optimum swelling capacity (108.83 ± 15.7%) and higher mechanical strength (22.6 ± 3.9 kPa) than non-crosslinked gelatin hydrogel 15% (NC_GH15%). Furthermore, 0.1%GNP_GH15% offered higher porosity (>80%) and lower wettability (48.7 ± 0.3) than NC_GH15%. Surface and cross-section SEM photographs displayed an interconnected porous structure for all GNP_GH groups. The EDX spectra and maps represented no major changes after GNP modification. Moreover, no toxicity effect of GNP_GH against dermal fibroblasts was shown during the biocompatibility test. In conclusion, the abovementioned findings indicated that gelipin has excellent physicochemical properties and acceptable biocompatibility as an acellular rapid treatment for future use in irregular deep cutaneous wounds.
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