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Bovine pericardium(BP)is one of the biological membranes with extensive application in tissue engineering. To fully investigate the potential clinical applications of this natural biological material, a suitable cross-linking reagent is hopefully adopted for modification. Glutaraldehyde (GA) is a clinically most common synthetic cross-linking reagent. In the study, oxidized hyaluronic acid (AHA) was developed to substitute GA to fix acellular bovine pericardium (ABP) for lower cytotoxicity, aiming to evaluate the feasibility of AHA as a cross-linking reagent and develop AHA-fixed ABP as a biological patch for abdominal wall repair. The AHA with the feeding ratio (1.8:1.0) has an appropriate molecular weight and oxidation degree, almost no cytotoxicity and good cross-linking effect. The critical cross-linking characteristics and cytocompatibility of AHA-fixed ABP were also investigated. The results demonstrated that 2.0% AHA-fixed ABP had the most suitable mechanical properties, thermal stability, resistance to enzymatic degradation and hydrophilicity. Moreover, 2.0% AHA-fixed samples exhibited an excellent cytocompatibility with human peritoneal mesothelial cells (HPMC) and low antigenicity. It also showed a prominent anti-calcification ability required for abdominal wall repair. Our data provided experimental basis for future research on AHA as a new cross-linking reagent and AHA-fixed ABP for abdominal wall repair. Copyright © 2021 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Yang Zhao, Yanjiang Li, Xu Peng, Xiaoshuang Yu, Can Cheng, Xixun Yu. Feasibility study of oxidized hyaluronic acid cross-linking acellular bovine pericardium with potential application for abdominal wall repair. International journal of biological macromolecules. 2021 Aug 01;184:831-842

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