Carvalho, Layde T.
Vieira, Thiago A.
Medeiros, Simone F.
Lacerda, Talita M.
Total Authors: 6
 Univ Sao Paulo, Engn Sch Lorena, Biotechnol Dept, BR-12602810 Lorena, SP - Brazil
 Tianjin Univ, Sch Pharmaceut Sci & Technol, Tianjin Key Lab Modern Drug Delivery & High Effic, Tianjin 3W072 - Peoples R China
 Tianjin Univ, Collaborat Innovat Ctr Chem Sci & Engn Tianjin, Tianjin 3W072 - Peoples R China
 Univ Bologna, Dept Civil Chem Environm & Mat Engn, Via Terracini 28, I-40131 Bologna - Italy
 Univ Sao Paulo, Engn Sch Lorena, Chem Engn Dept, BR-12602810 Lorena, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 5
International Journal of Biological Macromolecules;
JUL 31 2021.
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In recent years, growing attention has been devoted to naturally occurring biological macromolecules and their ensuing application in agriculture, cosmetics, food and pharmaceutical industries. They inherently have antigenicity, low immunogenicity, excellent biocompatibility and cytocompatibility, which are ideal properties for the design of biomedical devices, especially for the controlled delivery of active ingredients in the most diverse contexts. Furthermore, these properties can be modulated by chemical modification via the incorporation of other (macro)molecules in a random or controlled way, aiming at improving their functionality for each specific application. Among the wide variety of natural polymers, microbial polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) and exopolysaccharides (EPS) are often considered for the development of original biomaterials due to their unique physicochemical and biological features. Here, we aim to fullfil a gap on the present associated literature, bringing an up-to-date overview of ongoing research strategies that make use of PHAs (poly (3-hydroxybutyrate), poly (3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate), poly (3-hydroxyoctanoate), poly(3-hydroxypropionate), poly (3hydroxyhexanoate-co-3-hydroxyoctanoate), and poly (3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate)) and EPS (bacterial cellulose, alginates, curdlan, pullulan, xanthan gum, dextran, hyaluronan, and schizophyllan) as sources of interesting and versatile biomaterials. For the first time, a monograph addressing the properties, pros and cons, status, challenges, and recent progresses regarding the application of these two important classes of biopolymers in biomedicine is presented. (c) 2021 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. (AU)