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Mar. Drugs 2015, 13(8), 5156-5186; doi:10.3390/md13085156

Chitosan: An Update on Potential Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Applications

School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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Academic Editor: Paola Laurienzo
Received: 1 June 2015 / Revised: 28 July 2015 / Accepted: 6 August 2015 / Published: 14 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Collection Marine Polysaccharides)
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Abstract

Chitosan is a natural polycationic linear polysaccharide derived from chitin. The low solubility of chitosan in neutral and alkaline solution limits its application. Nevertheless, chemical modification into composites or hydrogels brings to it new functional properties for different applications. Chitosans are recognized as versatile biomaterials because of their non-toxicity, low allergenicity, biocompatibility and biodegradability. This review presents the recent research, trends and prospects in chitosan. Some special pharmaceutical and biomedical applications are also highlighted. View Full-Text
Keywords: chitosan; pharmaceutical applications; biomedical applications chitosan; pharmaceutical applications; biomedical applications
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Cheung, R.C.F.; Ng, T.B.; Wong, J.H.; Chan, W.Y. Chitosan: An Update on Potential Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Applications. Mar. Drugs 2015, 13, 5156-5186.

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