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Current Pharmaceutical Design


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

Perspectives of Engineered Marine Derived Polymers for Biomedical Nanoparticles

Author(s): Khanh Thi My Tran, Toi Van Vo, Wei Duan, Phuong Ha-Lien Tran and Thao Truong-Dinh Tran

Volume 22, Issue 19, 2016

Page: [2844 - 2856] Pages: 13

DOI: 10.2174/1381612822666160217124735

Price: $65


Marine environment exhibits an enormous diversity of organisms which contains an abundant source of polysaccharides. As polymer matrix carriers, marine-based polymers possess several valuable properties including high stability, non-toxicity, hydrophilicity, biodegradability, with low production cost. Despite notable biological activities of these natural polymers, there are certain limitations in exploring their functions in applications of nano-sized drug delivery systems. The review aims to demonstrate exceptional characteristics of marine-based polymers including fucoidan, alginate, carrageenan, hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate, and chitosan as well as provide perspectives of current publications on their nanoparticle formulations for biomedical applications.

Keywords: Marine-based polymers, nanoparticles, biodegradable, drug delivery, natural polymer.

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