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Natural-Based Polymers for Biomedical Applications. Woodhead Publishing Series in Biomaterials - Product Image

Natural-Based Polymers for Biomedical Applications. Woodhead Publishing Series in Biomaterials

  • Published: August 2008
  • Region: Global
  • 832 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology

Polymers from natural sources are particularly useful as biomaterials and in regenerative medicine, given their similarity to the extracellular matrix and other polymers in the human body. This important book reviews the wealth of research on both tried and promising new natural-based biomedical polymers, together with their applications as implantable biomaterials, controlled-release carriers or scaffolds for tissue engineering.

The first part of the book reviews the sources, processing and properties of natural-based polymers for biomedical applications. Part two describes how the surfaces of polymer-based biomaterials can be modified to improve their functionality. The third part of the book discusses the use of natural-based polymers for biodegradable scaffolds and hydrogels in tissue engineering. Building on this foundation, Part four looks at the particular use of natural-gelling polymers for encapsulation, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. The penultimate group of chapters reviews the use of natural-based polymers as delivery systems for drugs, hormones, enzymes and growth factors. The final part of the book summarises research on the key issue of biocompatibility.

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Part 1 Sources, properties, modification and processing of natural-based polymers: Polysaccharides as carriers of bioactive agents for medical applications
Purification of naturally-occurring biomaterials
Processing of starch-based blends for biomedical applications
Controlling the degradation of natural polymers for biomedical applications
Smart biomedical systems based on polysaccharides. Part 2 Surface modification and biomimetic coatings: Surface modification of natural-based biomedical polymers
New biomineralization strategies for the use of natural-based polymeric materials in bone-tissue engineering
Natural-based multilayer films for biomedical applications
Peptide modification of polysaccharide scaffolds in tissue engineering. Part 3 Biodegradable scaffolds and hydrogels for tissue regeneration: Scaffolds based on hyaluronan derivatives in biomedical applications
Electro-spun elastin and collagen nano-fibers and their application as biomaterials
Starch-polycaprolactone based scaffold for bone tissue engineering
Chitosan-based scaffolds in orthopaedic applications
Elastin-like systems for tissue engineering
Collagen-based scaffolds for tissue engineering
Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) and its potential for biomedical applications
Electrospinning of natural proteins for tissue engineering. Part 4 Naturally-derived hydrogels in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine: Naturally-derived gel-forming materials: Fundamentals, applications and challenges in tissue engineering
Alginate hydrogels as matrices for tissue engineering
Fibrin matrices in tissue engineering
Natural-based polymers for encapsulation of living cells: Fundamentals, applications and challenges
Hydrogels for neuronal regeneration. Part 5 Systems for the sustained release of molecules: Particles for controlled drug delivery
Thiolated chitosans in non-invasive drug delivery
Chitosan-polysaccharide blended nanoparticles for controlled drug delivery. Part 6 Biocompatibility of natural-based polymers: In vivo tissue response to natural-origin biomaterials
Immunological issues in tissue engineering
Biocompatibility of hyaluronic acid: From cell recognition to therapeutic applications
Biocompatibility of starch-based polymers
Vascularisation strategies in tissue engineering.

Reis, R L
Professor Rui L. Reis works in the Biomaterials, Biodegradables and Biomimetics Research Group in the Department of Polymer Engineering at the University of Minho, Portugal.
Neves, N M
Nuno M. Neves works in the Biomaterials, Biodegradables and Biomimetics Research Group in the Department of Polymer Engineering at the University of Minho, Portugal.
Mano, J F
João F. Mano works in the Biomaterials, Biodegradables and Biomimetics Research Group in the Department of Polymer Engineering at the University of Minho, Portugal.
Gomes, M E
Manuela E. Gomes works in the Biomaterials, Biodegradables and Biomimetics Research Group in the Department of Polymer Engineering at the University of Minho, Portugal.
Marques, A P
Alexandra P. Marques works in the Biomaterials, Biodegradables and Biomimetics Research Group in the Department of Polymer Engineering at the University of Minho, Portugal.
Azevedo, H S
Helena S. Azevedo works in the Biomaterials, Biodegradables and Biomimetics Research Group in the Department of Polymer Engineering at the University of Minho, Portugal.

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