Application of chitosan-based nanoparticles in skin wound healing

Hooi Leong Loo, Bey Hing Goh, Learn Han Lee, Lay Hong Chuah

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The rising prevalence of impaired wound healing and the consequential healthcare burdens have gained increased attention over recent years. This has prompted research into the development of novel wound dressings with augmented wound healing functions. Nanoparticle (NP)-based delivery systems have become attractive candidates in constructing such wound dressings due to their various favourable attributes. The non-toxicity, biocompatibility and bioactivity of chitosan (CS)-based NPs make them ideal candidates for wound applications. This review focusses on the application of CS-based NP systems for use in wound treatment. An overview of the wound healing process was presented, followed by discussion on the properties and suitability of CS and its NPs in wound healing. The wound healing mechanisms exerted by CS-based NPs were then critically analysed and discussed in sections, namely haemostasis, infection prevention, inflammatory response, oxidative stress, angiogenesis, collagen deposition, and wound closure time. The results of the studies were thoroughly reviewed, and contradicting findings were identified and discussed. Based on the literature, the gap in research and future prospects in this research area were identified and highlighted. Current evidence shows that CS-based NPs possess superior wound healing effects either used on their own, or as drug delivery vehicles to encapsulate wound healing agents. It is concluded that great opportunities and potentials exist surrounding the use of CSNPs in wound healing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-332
Number of pages34
JournalAsian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Biopolymer
  • Chitosan nanoparticle
  • Nanotechnology
  • Wound dressing
  • Wound healing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science


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