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Biopolymer Molecular Weight Can Modulate the Wound Healing Efficacy of Multivalent Sonic Hedgehog–Hyaluronic Acid Conjugates

Biopolymer Molecular Weight Can Modulate the Wound Healing Efficacy of Multivalent Sonic Hedgehog–Hyaluronic Acid Conjugates
Mavish Mahomed, Wesley M. Jackson, Nancy J. Boudreau, David M. Young, Taylor A. Holstlaw, Livia W. Brier
There is a clinical need for new therapeutics to improve healing of chronic impaired wounds. Thus, we investigated how biopolymer conjugation could be used to improve the wound healing performance of a key growth factor for tissue regeneration: Sonic hedgehog (Shh). We generated two multivalent Shh conjugates (mvShh) using hyaluronic acid with two different MWs, which exhibited equivalent potency and proteolytic protection in vitro. Using db/db diabetic mice, we showed that mvShh made with smaller HyA MW resulted in more rapid and robust neovascularization compared to mvShh made with larger MW HyA. Further, smaller mvShh conjugates resulted in faster wound resolution compared to the unconjugated Shh. This study is the first to show how the wound healing efficacy of multivalent protein–polymer conjugates is sensitive to the polymer MW, and our findings suggest that this parameter could be used to enhance the efficacy of growth factor conjugates.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.biomac.7b00553

DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.7b00553

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