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Alginate based new materials.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9283015     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Present and future applications of alginates are mainly linked to the most striking feature of the alginate molecule; i.e. a sol/gel transition in the presence of multivalent cations, e.g. Ca2+, almost independent on temperature. These very mild conditions, combined with the fact that alginates are highly characterised and understood both in the liquid and in the gel phase, makes this biopolymer unique compared to other gelling polysaccharides. Only pectins resemble alginate in the sol/gel transition behaviour, but this system can hardly be said to be as well characterised and understood as the alginates. The properties of alginate solutions and gels suggest biomedical and pharmaceutical uses. In this paper, the question of the specifications required by a polymer for applications in some biomedical areas will be discussed.
K I Draget; G Skjåk-Braek; O Smidsrød
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of biological macromolecules     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0141-8130     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Biol. Macromol.     Publication Date:  1997 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-12-15     Completed Date:  1997-12-15     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7909578     Medline TA:  Int J Biol Macromol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  47-55     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Biotechnology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim. KDRAGET@KJEMI.UNIT.NO
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MeSH Terms
Alginates / chemistry*
Biocompatible Materials / chemistry*
Carbohydrate Sequence
Enzymes, Immobilized
Molecular Sequence Data
Prostheses and Implants
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Alginates; 0/Biocompatible Materials; 0/Enzymes, Immobilized; 0/Gels; 0/Solutions

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