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Self-assembled thermoresponsive nanostructures of hyaluronic acid conjugates for osteoarthritis therapy

Published in Nanoscale. 2018, vol. 10, no. 4, p. 1845-1854
Abstract In pathologic conditions, joints and skin are often affected by an imbalance in the breakdown and production of hyaluronic acid (HA). The unique biochemical and biomechanical properties provided by HA must be restored for the long-term lubrication and cushioning effects. To overcome the inconvenience of repeated injections and rapid degradation of exogenous HA treatments, HA is conjugated to a thermosensitive polymer, enabling the spontaneous formation of nanoparticles (HA Nano) at body temperature. Three HA Nano preparations are tested for their injectability, sensitivity to enzymatic degradation and cytocompatibility. One of them is delivered via subcutaneous and intra-articular injections to healthy mice and tested in a murine osteoarthritis (OA) model. It is found to be biocompatible, to offer a prolonged residence time at the injection site, the ability to protect cartilage, to reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines and to preserve epiphysis thickness. In this study, HA Nano spontaneously forms nanoparticles at body temperature in vivo and is a promising candidate for the next generation of sustainable/long-lasting treatment of OA and potentially also dermatological conditions.
Keywords Hyaluronic acidNanoparticlesThermoresponsiveOsteoarthritis
PMID: 29308811
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MAUDENS, Pierre Marc Xavier et al. Self-assembled thermoresponsive nanostructures of hyaluronic acid conjugates for osteoarthritis therapy. In: Nanoscale, 2018, vol. 10, n° 4, p. 1845-1854. doi: 10.1039/C7NR07614B https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:103593

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