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Long-acting microneedle patch loaded with adipose collagen fragment for preventing the skin photoaging in mice

Biomater Adv. 2022 Apr;135:212744. doi: 10.1016/j.bioadv.2022.212744. Epub 2022 Mar 19.


Skin photoaging is one of the most serious public health problems in the 21st century that may lead to thin, saggy, and structurally weakened skin. Adipokine therapy toward skin photoaging is always associated with poor permeability, biologic stability and the short in vivo release duration. Our laboratory previously extracted an extracellular matrix component of adipose tissue by purely physical methods, namely “adipose collagen fragment (ACF)”, which holds promise for preventing skin photoaging. However, the injection treatment of ACF requires repeated preparation processes and injection procedures, which may be time-consuming and painful. Therefore, we describe the fabrication and assessment of a detachable ACF-microneedle (ACF-MN) patch that creates minimally invasive dermal microtrauma upon application. And we evaluated the morphology characterization, mechanical properties and puncture performance in vitro. The delivery efficiency of ACF from the patches was estimated in vitro and vivo. Then, the therapeutic efficacy was identified through applying ACF-MN patches into the dermis of UVA-induced photoaging mice and the related detection of skin photoaging was estimated. Our results demonstrated that ACF-MN exhibited well skin puncture performance and could release ACF component slowly. Meanwhile, this microneedle device loaded with ACF exhibited the treatment efficiency on skin photoaging in a mouse model. Therefore, implantation of the microtrauma-mediated, long-acting ACF-MN system can be utilized as a potential candidate for preventing skin photoaging in the clinic.

PMID:35929203 | DOI:10.1016/j.bioadv.2022.212744


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