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J. Funct. Biomater., Volume 10, Issue 1 (March 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Brushite (DCPD) is among the possible precursors of the inorganic phase of the hard tissues of [...] Read more. Brushite (DCPD) is among the possible precursors of the inorganic phase of the hard tissues of vertebrates. Herein, we investigated the role of aspartic acid (ASP) and poly-aspartic acid (PASP), as models of the acidic macromolecules of biomineralized tissues, on the synthesis and hydrolysis of DCPD. The results indicate that ASP is not significantly incorporated into DCPD, whereas functionalization with PASP occurs up to about 2.3 wt.%. PASP shows a greater influence than ASP also on the hydrolysis of DCPD into more stable phases, thanks to the cooperative action of the carboxylate groups and to its good fit with DCPD structure. View this paper.