Biopolymers and Artificial Biopolymers in Biomedical Applications, an Overview

  • Michel Vert
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Abstract

Nowadays, the domains of life-respecting, therapeutic polymeric systems and materials are among the most attractive areas in polymer science. Increasing attention is being paid to polymeric compounds that can be bioassimilated, especially in the field of time-limited therapeutic applications. Basically biopolymers are of interest because of their inherent biodegradability. However, a close look at the requirements to be fulfilled show that only a few of them can be used in the human body. The interest and the strategy to make artificial biopolymers, i.e. polymers of non-natural origin that are made of prometabolite building blocks and that can serve as components of biomedical or pharmacological therapeutic systems, are recalled. A few examples of artificial biopolymers for biomedical applications are presented.

Keywords

Hyaluronic Acid Malic Acid Fibrin Glue Glycolic Acid Wound Dressing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michel Vert
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  1. 1.Faculty of Pharmacy, CRBA — UMR CNRS 5473University Montpellier 1MontpellierFrance

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