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Poly(γ-Glutamic Acid)/Chitosan Hydrogel Nanoparticles For Effective Preservation And Delivery Of Fermented Herbal Extract For Enlarging Hair Bulb And Enhancing Hair Growth

Authors Kim HS, Kwon HK, Lee DH, Le TN, Park HJ, Kim MI

Received 16 August 2019

Accepted for publication 9 October 2019

Published 22 October 2019 Volume 2019:14 Pages 8409—8419

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IJN.S227514

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Editor who approved publication: Prof. Dr. Anderson Oliveira Lobo


Hye Su Kim,1 Ha-Kyoung Kwon,2 Dong Hoon Lee,1 Thao Nguyen Le,1 Hye-Jin Park,2 Moon Il Kim1

1Department of BioNano Technology, Gachon University, Seongnam, Gyeonggi 13120, Republic of Korea; 2Department of Food Science and Biotechnology, Gachon University, Seongnam, Gyeonggi 13120, Republic of Korea

Correspondence: Moon Il Kim
Department of BioNano Technology, Gachon University, 1342 Seongnamdae-ro, Sujeong-gu, Seongnam, Gyeonggi 13120, Republic of Korea
Tel +82 31 750 8563
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Email moonil@gachon.ac.kr

Introduction: Hair growth-promoting herbal extract mixtures (4HGF) exhibits significant anti-inflammatory activities relevant to promoting hair growth; however, its efficacy in patients with hair loss has been limited majorly due to its low penetration ability into hair follicles. Herein, we prepared hydrogels via dropwise addition of poly(γ-glutamic acid) (PGA) solution containing 4HGF into chitosan (CS) solution, resulting in quick formation of ∼400 nm-sized hydrogel particles through electrostatic interaction-derived ionic gelation with over 50% encapsulation efficiency of 4HGF (PGA-4HGF).
Methods: The size and morphology of PGA-4HGF were characterized by TEM, SEM, and dynamic light scattering analyses. Encapsulation efficiency and loading capacity of 4HGF within PGA-4HGF, as well as in vitro release profiles were determined by simply measuring the characteristic absorbance of 4HGF. Penetrating efficiency of PGA-4HGF was evaluated by tracking the respective fluorescence through model porcine skin with confocal laser microscope system. By treating PGA-4HGF on telogenic mice and dermal papilla cells (DPCs), we evaluated the size of hair bulbs in mice, as well as morphological changes in DPCs.
Results: Negligible and sustained release of entrapped 4HGF from the hydrogel nanoparticles were observed under acidic and physiological pH conditions, respectively, which is quite advantageous to control their release and prolong their hair growth-promoting effect. The hydrogel nanoparticles were penetrable through the porcine skin after incubation with or without shaking. After treating telogenic mice and DPCs with PGA-4HGF, we detected enlargement of hair bulbs and remarkable shape changes, respectively, thereby showing its potential in induction of hair growth.
Conclusion: These results suggest that the hydrogel nanoparticle formulation developed in this study can be employed as a potential approach for the preservation of hair growth-promoting compounds, their delivery of into hair follicles, and enhancing hair growth.

Keywords: hair growth, poly(γ-glutamic acid), chitosan, hydrogel nanoparticle, cosmeceutical

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