Diabetic infection is a long-term complication difficult to cure. The skin of diabetic patients is prone to damage, the healing is slow after the injury, and the wound occurs repeatedly. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop an effective method for treating diabetes wounds. In this study, we used the electrospinning technique to load Huangbai Liniment (Compound Phellodendron Liquid, CPL) into Silk fibroin (SF) /poly-(L-lactide-co-caprolactone) (PLCL) to prepare the nanofiber membrane (SP/CPL) to treat the diabetic wound. The morphology and structure of the nanofibers were observed by scanning electron microscope (SEM). The SEM results indicate the smooth and bead free fibers and the diameter of the fiber decreased with increasing drug concentration. The release profile indicates the sustained release of the drug. Moreover, the drug-loaded nanofibers showed inhibitory effects for S.aureus and E.coli. Furthermore, in vitro cell culture studies showed the increased proliferation and adhesion of NIH-3T3 cells on the drug-containing nanofiber membrane. Animal experiments showed that the nanofiber membrane loaded with CPL increases the expression of the TGF-β signaling pathway and collagen during wound healing, inhibits the expression of pro-inflammatory factors, and thus effectively promotes wound healing in diabetic mice. Therefore, the SP/CPL nanofiber scaffold with CPL loading is a potential candidate for diabetic wound dressings and tissue engineering.Copyright © 2021 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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