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J. Funct. Biomater. 2011, 2(3), 230-248; doi:10.3390/jfb2030230
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The Use of Thermal Techniques for the Characterization and Selection of Natural Biomaterials

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Received: 6 July 2011; in revised form: 30 August 2011 / Accepted: 2 September 2011 / Published: 13 September 2011
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Abstract: In this paper we explore the ability of thermal analysis to check elastin and collagen integrity in different biomaterial applications. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) has been used to analyze the first and second order transitions of the biological macromolecules in the hydrated and dehydrated state. First, we report the characterization of control cardiovascular tissues such as pericardium, aortic wall and valvular leaflet. Their thermal properties are compared to pure elastin and pure collagen. Second, we present results obtained on two collagen rich tissues: pericardia with different chemical treatments and collagen with physical treatments. Finally, more complex cardiovascular tissues composed of elastin and collagen are analyzed and the effect of detergent treatment on the physical structure of collagen and elastin is brought to the fore.
Keywords: elastin glass transition; collagen denaturation; differential scanning calorimetry; thermal stability elastin glass transition; collagen denaturation; differential scanning calorimetry; thermal stability
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Samouillan, V.; Delaunay, F.; Dandurand, J.; Merbahi, N.; Gardou, J.-P.; Yousfi, M.; Gandaglia, A.; Spina, M.; Lacabanne, C. The Use of Thermal Techniques for the Characterization and Selection of Natural Biomaterials. J. Funct. Biomater. 2011, 2, 230-248.

AMA Style

Samouillan V, Delaunay F, Dandurand J, Merbahi N, Gardou J-P, Yousfi M, Gandaglia A, Spina M, Lacabanne C. The Use of Thermal Techniques for the Characterization and Selection of Natural Biomaterials. Journal of Functional Biomaterials. 2011; 2(3):230-248.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Samouillan, Valérie; Delaunay, Florian; Dandurand, Jany; Merbahi, Nofel; Gardou, Jean-Pierre; Yousfi, Mohammed; Gandaglia, Alessandro; Spina, Michel; Lacabanne, Colette. 2011. "The Use of Thermal Techniques for the Characterization and Selection of Natural Biomaterials." J. Funct. Biomater. 2, no. 3: 230-248.



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