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Paper   IPM / Nano-Sciences / 17685
School of Nano Science
  Title:   Flexible Triboelectric Nanogenerator for Promoting the Proliferation and Migration of Human Fibroblast Cells
1.  Razieh Nazari-Vanani
2.  Mohaddeseh Vafaiee
3.  Fahimeh Zamanpour
4.  Elham Asadian
5.  Raheleh Mohammadpour
6.  Hashem Rafii-Tabar
7.  Pezhman Sasanpour
  Status:   Published
  Journal: ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces
  Vol.:  16
  Year:  2024
  Pages:   15773â??15782
  Supported by:  IPM
Chronic wound healing is often a prolonged process with the migration and proliferation of fibroblast cells playing crucial roles. Electrical stimulation (ES) has emerged as a promising physical therapy modality to promote these key events. In this study, we address this issue by employing a triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) as an electrical stimulator for both drug release and the stimulation of fibroblast cells. The flexible TENG with a sandwich structure was fabricated using a PCL nanofibrous layer, Kapton, and silicon rubber. The TENG could be folded to any degree and twisted, and it could return to its original shape when the force was removed. Cultured cells received ES twice and three times daily for 8 days, with a 30 min interval between sessions. By applying current in a safe range and appropriate time (twice daily), fibroblasts demonstrate an accelerated proliferation and migration rate. These observations were confirmed through cell staining. Additionally, in vitro tests demonstrated the TENG’s ability to simultaneously provide ES and release vitamin C from the patch. After 2 h, the amount of released drug increased 2 times in comparison to the control group. These findings provide support for the development of a TENG for the treatment of wounds, which underlines the promise of this new technique for developing portable electric stimulation devices.

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