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Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy


ISSN (Print): 1574-888X
ISSN (Online): 2212-3946

The Properties of Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate) and its Applications in Tissue Engineering

Author(s): Qixiang Yang, Jing Wang, Shu Zhang, Xiaoshan Tang, Guangwei Shang, Qiang Peng, Raorao Wang and Xiaoxiao Cai

Volume 9 , Issue 3 , 2014

Page: [215 - 222] Pages: 8

DOI: 10.2174/1574888X09666140213160853

Price: $65


Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate) (PHBHHx) is a member of the polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) family. It is the designation of molecules consisting of random co-polymers of 3-hydroxybutyrate and 3- hydroxyhexanoate. PHBHHx plays a significant role in the field of biomedical materials. It has good physical, chemical and mechanical properties, making it potentially useful for a wide range of biomaterials applications. In addition, it has also shown better biocompatibility with different cell types. This paper will introduce the physical, chemical and biological properties of PHBHHx, including biodegradation, hydrophilicity, surface properties and cytocompatibility. The development of PHBHHx in tissue-engineering applications will be discussed. PHBHHx used to repair bone, cartilage, tendons, nerves and vessels will be the focus of discussion.

Keywords: Biocompatibility, biodegradability, mechanical properties, osteoblast, poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate), tissue engineering.

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