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Issue 32, 2006
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Microencapsulation using natural polysaccharides for drug delivery and cell implantation

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Abstract

Microencapsulation provides a simple and cost-effective way to enclose bioactive materials, such as drugs and cells, within a semi-permeable polymeric membrane for the purpose of protecting the bioactive materials and releasing the enclosed substances or their products in a controlled fashion. This article presents an overview of microencapsulation for biomedical applications, with focus on the progress accomplished in our laboratory. After a description of the materials chemistry and properties of natural polysaccharide-based microcapsules, applications of microencapsulation for drug delivery, cell culture and implantation are highlighted. In addition, the challenges and opportunities for chemists to assist the development of microencapsulation are discussed.

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The article was received on 09 Mar 2006, accepted on 02 Jun 2006 and first published on 15 Jun 2006


Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/B603595G
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2006,16, 3252-3267
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    Microencapsulation using natural polysaccharides for drug delivery and cell implantation

    W. Wang, X. Liu, Y. Xie, H. Zhang, W. Yu, Y. Xiong, W. Xie and X. Ma, J. Mater. Chem., 2006, 16, 3252
    DOI: 10.1039/B603595G

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