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Neuropathic Pain

2023 Aug

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Ropivacaine microsphere-loaded electroconductive nerve dressings for long-acting analgesia and functional recovery following diabetic peripheral nerve injury.


Liang F, Yang Y, Chen Y, Xie J, Liu S, Tan Z, Tian L, Yu Z, Shi Z, Xie P, Ding H, Yang Q


In recent years, electroconductive hydrogels (ECHs) have shown great potential in promoting nerve regeneration and motor function recovery following diabetic peripheral nerve injury (PNI), attributed to their similar electrical and mechanical characteristics to innate nervous tissue. It is well-established that PNI causes motor deficits and pain, especially in diabetics. Current evidence suggests that ropivacaine (ROP) encapsulated in poly lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) microspheres (MSs) yield a sustained analgesic effect. In this study, an ECH electroconductive network loaded with MS/ROP (ECH-MS/ROP) was designed as a promising therapeutic approach for diabetic PNI to exert lasting analgesia and functional recovery. This dual delivery system allowed ROP’s slow and sequential release, achieving sustained analgesia as demonstrated by our experiments. Meanwhile, this system was designed like a lamellar dressing, with desirable adhesive and self-curling properties, convenient for treating injured nerve tissues via automatically wrapping tube-like structures, facilitating the process of implantation. Our assays verified that ECH-MS/ROP was able to enhance the adhesion and motility of Schwann cells. Besides, both and studies substantiated that ECH-MS/ROP stimulated myelinated axon regeneration through the MEK/ERK signaling pathway, thereby improving muscular denervation atrophy and facilitating functional recovery. Therefore, this study suggests that the ECH-MS/ROP dressing provides a promising strategy for treating diabetic PNI to facilitate nerve regeneration, functional recovery and pain relief.