Personalised burn treatment: bedside electrospun nanofibre scaffold with cultured autologous keratinocytes: a case study

Ayelet Di Segni, Marina BenShoshan, Moti Harats, Nir Melnikov, Claudia M Barzilay, Daniel Dothan, Adi Liaani, Rachel Kornhaber, Josef Haik

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Abstract

Nearly four decades after cultured epidermal autografts (CEA) were first used for the treatment of extensive burn wounds, the current gold standard treatment remains grafting healthy autologous skin from a donor site to the damaged areas, with current skin substitutes limited in their clinical use. We propose a novel treatment approach, using an electrospun polymer nanofibrous matrix (EPNM) applied on-site directly on the CEA-grafted areas. In addition, we propose a personalised treatment on hard-to-heal areas, in which we spray suspended autologous keratinocytes integrated with 3D EPNM applied on-site, directly onto the wound bed. This method enables the coverage of larger wound areas than possible with CEA. We present the case of a 26-year-old male patient with full-thickness burns covering 98% of his total body surface area (TBSA). We were able to show that this treatment approach resulted in good re-epithelialisation, seen as early as seven days post CEA grafting, with complete wound closure within three weeks, and to a lesser extent in areas treated with cell spraying. Moreover, in vitro experiments confirmed the feasibility of using keratinocytes embedded within the EPNM: cell and culture viability, identity, purity and potency were determined. These experiments show that the skin cells are viable and can proliferate within the EPNM. The results presented are of a promising novel strategy for the development of personalised wound treatment, integrating on-the-spot 'printed' EPNM with autologous skin cells, which will be applied at the bedside, over deep dermal wounds, to accelerate healing time and wound closure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)428-436
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Wound Care
Volume32
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 02 Jul 2023

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