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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2009, 10(4), 1514-1524; doi:10.3390/ijms10041514

Biodegradation of Silk Biomaterials

1, 2,*
1 College of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, Zhenjiang Jiangsu 212018, P.R. China 2 College of Bioengineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400030, P.R. China
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Received: 16 January 2009 / Revised: 5 March 2009 / Accepted: 9 March 2009 / Published: 31 March 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biodegradability of Materials)
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Silk fibroin from the silkworm, Bombyx mori, has excellent properties such as biocompatibility, biodegradation, non-toxicity, adsorption properties, etc. As a kind of ideal biomaterial, silk fibroin has been widely used since it was first utilized for sutures a long time ago. The degradation behavior of silk biomaterials is obviously important for medical applications. This article will focus on silk-based biomaterials and review the degradation behaviors of silk materials.
Keywords: Biodegradation; Silk Biomaterials; Enzymatic Degradation Biodegradation; Silk Biomaterials; Enzymatic Degradation
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