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Smart Carriers and Nanohealers: A Nanomedical Insight on Natural Polymers

Bio Nano Electronics Research Centre, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary New Science, Toyo University, Saitama 350-8585, Japan
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Materials 2017, 10(8), 929;
Received: 16 June 2017 / Revised: 24 July 2017 / Accepted: 31 July 2017 / Published: 10 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biocompatibility of Materials)
Biodegradable polymers are popularly being used in an increasing number of fields in the past few decades. The popularity and favorability of these materials are due to their remarkable properties, enabling a wide range of applications and market requirements to be met. Polymer biodegradable systems are a promising arena of research for targeted and site-specific controlled drug delivery, for developing artificial limbs, 3D porous scaffolds for cellular regeneration or tissue engineering and biosensing applications. Several natural polymers have been identified, blended, functionalized and applied for designing nanoscaffolds and drug carriers as a prerequisite for enumerable bionano technological applications. Apart from these, natural polymers have been well studied and are widely used in material science and industrial fields. The present review explains the prominent features of commonly used natural polymers (polysaccharides and proteins) in various nanomedical applications and reveals the current status of the polymer research in bionanotechnology and science sectors. View Full-Text
Keywords: biopolymers; nanoscience; polymers; drug delivery; tissue engineering; nanoparticles biopolymers; nanoscience; polymers; drug delivery; tissue engineering; nanoparticles
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Raveendran, S.; Rochani, A.K.; Maekawa, T.; Kumar, D.S. Smart Carriers and Nanohealers: A Nanomedical Insight on Natural Polymers. Materials 2017, 10, 929.

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