Applied Biochemistry and Microbiology

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 5–11

Chitosan-based polyelectrolyte complexes: A review


  • A. V. Il’ina
    • Bioengineering CenterRussian Academy of Sciences
  • V. P. Varlamov
    • Bioengineering CenterRussian Academy of Sciences

DOI: 10.1007/s10438-005-0002-z

Cite this article as:
Il’ina, A.V. & Varlamov, V.P. Appl Biochem Microbiol (2005) 41: 5. doi:10.1007/s10438-005-0002-z


This review focuses on the formation of polyelectrolyte chitosan complexes with biologically active compounds and the prospects of use thereof. The possibility of obtaining low-molecular-weight, water-soluble batches of chitosan, which differ in their degree of acetylation, is discussed, with emphasis on their use for binding nucleic acids into complexes.

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