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Current Pharmaceutical Design


ISSN (Print): 1381-6128
ISSN (Online): 1873-4286

Review Article

Artificial Polymers made of α-amino Acids - Poly(Amino Acid)s, Pseudo-Poly(Amino Acid)s, Poly(Depsipeptide)s, and Pseudo-Proteins

Author(s): Nino Zavradashvili, Jordi Puiggali and Ramaz Katsarava*

Volume 26, Issue 5, 2020

Page: [566 - 593] Pages: 28

DOI: 10.2174/1381612826666200203122110

Price: $65


Degradable polymers (DPs) - “green materials” of the future, have an innumerable use in biomedicine, particularly in the fields of tissue engineering and drug delivery. Among these kind of materials naturally occurring polymers - proteins which constituted one of the most important “bricks of life” - α-amino acids (AAs) are highly suitable. A wide biomedical applicability of proteins is due to special properties such as a high affinity with tissues and releasing AAs upon biodegradation that means a nutritive potential for cells. Along with these positive characteristics proteins as biomedical materials they have some shortcomings, such as batch-to-batch variation, risk of disease transmission, and immune rejection. The last limitation is connected with the molecular architecture of proteins. Furthermore, the content of only peptide bonds in protein molecules significantly restricts their material properties. Artificial polymers with the composition of AAs are by far more promising as degradable biomaterials since they are free from the limitations of proteins retaining at the same time their positive features - a high tissue compatibility and nutritive potential. The present review deals with a brief description of different families of AA-based artificial polymers, such as poly(amino acid)s, pseudo-poly(amino acid)s, polydepsipeptides, and pseudo-proteins - relatively new and broad family of artificial AA-based DPs. Most of these polymers have a different macromolecular architecture than proteins and contain various types of chemical links along with NH-CO bonds that substantially expands properties of materials destined for sophisticated biomedical applications.

Keywords: α-amino acids, artificial polymers, degradable polymers, poly(amino acid)s, pseudo-poly(amino acid)s, polydepsipeptides, pseudo- proteins.

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