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Micro- and Nanostructures of Agave Fructans to Stabilize Compounds of High Biological Value via Electrohydrodynamic Processing

Laboratorio Integral de Investigación en Alimentos, Tecnológico Nacional de México/Instituto Tecnológico de Tepic, Av. Tecnológico 2595, Tepic C.P. 63175, Nayarit, Mexico
Novel Materials and Nanotechnology Group, IATA-CSIC, Calle Catedrático Agustín Escardino Benlloch 7, 46980 Paterna, Spain
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Nanomaterials 2019, 9(12), 1659;
Received: 24 October 2019 / Revised: 11 November 2019 / Accepted: 12 November 2019 / Published: 21 November 2019
This study focuses on the use of high degree of polymerization agave fructans (HDPAF) as a polymer matrix to encapsulate compounds of high biological value within micro- and nanostructures by electrohydrodynamic processing. In this work, β-carotene was selected as a model compound, due to its high sensitivity to temperature, light and oxygen. Ultrafine fibers from HDPAF were obtained via this technology. These fibers showed an increase in fiber diameter when containing β-carotene, an encapsulation efficiency (EE) of 95% and a loading efficiency (LE) of 85%. The thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) showed a 90 °C shift in the β-carotene decomposition temperature with respect to its independent analysis, evidencing the HDPAF thermoprotective effect. Concerning the HDPAF photoprotector effect, only 21% of encapsulated β-carotene was lost after 48 h, while non-encapsulated β-carotene oxidized completely after 24 h. Consequently, fructans could be a feasible alternative to replace synthetic polymers in the encapsulation of compounds of high biological value. View Full-Text
Keywords: HDPAF; electrospinning; micro-nanofibers; β-carotene; thermoprotection; photoprotection HDPAF; electrospinning; micro-nanofibers; β-carotene; thermoprotection; photoprotection
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Cruz-Salas, C.N.; Prieto, C.; Calderón-Santoyo, M.; Lagarón, J.M.; Ragazzo-Sánchez, J.A. Micro- and Nanostructures of Agave Fructans to Stabilize Compounds of High Biological Value via Electrohydrodynamic Processing. Nanomaterials 2019, 9, 1659.

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