In this paper, the behavior of oxidized methylcelluloses is compared with that of the initial methylcellulose, an amphiphilic cellulose derivative. Methylcelluloses are important for many applications in the cosmetic and food industries. The mechanism of thermo-gelation of methylcellulose is briefly explained as well as the method of oxidation of polysaccharides. Then, our experiments involve the preparation of oxidized methylcelluloses: three degrees of oxidation are prepared and the new polymers are characterized by NMR, IR, SEC and rheology. Oxidation with periodate theoretically allows introduction of two aldehydic groups on C2–C3 glycol positions of anhydroglucose units. This reaction not only enhances the flexibility of the cellulosic backbone, but also causes a decrease in the molecular weight. In particular, the rheological behavior of methylcellulose and oxidized methylcellulose as a function of temperature is examined. The oxidized methylcelluloses prepared, being rich in aldehyde functions, become interesting intermediaries to prepare new cellulose derivatives. In this paper, three examples of reductive amination based on the reaction of modified methylcelluloses and −NH2
groups of different molecules are described: β-alanine produces a polyelectrolyte; chitosan and hyaluronan-ADH (derivative obtained with adipic dihydrazide allowing introduction of −NH2
functions on HA backbone) are crosslinked and give new biocompatible hydrogels.