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Polyhydroxyalkanoates as biomaterials

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Abstract

Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are biopolymers synthesized by bacteria under unbalanced growth conditions. These biopolymers are considered as potential biomaterials for future applications because they are biocompatible, biodegradable, and easy to produce and functionalize with strong mechanical strength. Currently, PHAs are being extensively innovated for biomedical applications due to their prerequisite properties. The wide range of biomedical applications includes drug delivery systems, implants, tissue engineering, scaffolds, artificial organ constructs, etc. In this article we review the utility of PHAs in various forms (bulk/nano) for biomedical applications so as to bring about the future vision for PHAs as biomaterials for the advancement of research and technology.

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The article was received on 21 May 2017, accepted on 23 Jun 2017 and first published on 27 Jun 2017


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7MD00252A
Citation: Med. Chem. Commun., 2017,8, 1774-1787
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    Polyhydroxyalkanoates as biomaterials

    B. S. Thorat Gadgil, N. Killi and G. V. N. Rathna, Med. Chem. Commun., 2017, 8, 1774
    DOI: 10.1039/C7MD00252A

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