Cellulose – Exposure

The main applications of bacterial nanocellulose in medicine are wound care and novel bioactive implants.

Cellulose is a natural component of plants, and nano-cellulose is isolated from them through various technical processes (e.g. from sugar beet, wood, pineapple fibers, etc.). In this respect, any exposure to the environment of technically produced nanocellulose is difficult to differentiate from the naturally occurring cellulose.

For in vitro exposure studies are currently only studies of a single working group available, which shows that isolated bacterial cellulose nano-fibers have no DNA-damaging (genotoxicity) effect.

In vivo studies showed that implants of bacterial nanocellulose cause no foreign object reaction.


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