Curcumin-loaded alginate hydrogels for cancer therapy and wound healing applications: A review

Ankur Sood, Atul Dev, Sabya Sachi Das, Hyeon Jin Kim, Anuj Kumar, Vijay Kumar Thakur*, Sung Soo Han

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Hydrogels have emerged as a versatile platform for a numerous biomedical application due to their ability to absorb a huge quantity of biofluids. In order to design hydrogels, natural polymers are an attractive option owing to their biocompatibility and biodegradability. Due to abundance in occurrence, cost effectiveness, and facile crosslinking approaches, alginate has been extensively investigated to fabricate hydrogel matrix. Management of cancer and chronic wounds have always been a challenge for pharmaceutical and healthcare sector. In both cases, curcumin have been shown significant improvement and effectiveness. However, the innate restraints like poor bioavailability, hydrophobicity, and rapid systemic clearance associated with curcumin have restricted its clinical translations. The current review explores the cascade of research around curcumin encapsulated alginate hydrogel matrix for wound healing and cancer therapy. The focus of the review is to emphasize the mechanistic effects of curcumin with its fate inside the cells. Further, the review discusses different approaches to designed curcumin loaded alginate hydrogels along with the parameters that regulates their release behavior. Finally, the review is concluded with emphasize on some key aspect on increasing the efficacy of these hydrogels along with novel strategies to further develop curcumin loaded alginate hydrogel matrix with multifacet applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number123283
JournalInternational Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Early online date17 Jan 2023
Publication statusPrint publication - 31 Mar 2023


  • Alginate
  • Cancer
  • Curcumin
  • Hydrogel
  • Wound-healing


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