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Biomedical Applications of Mulberry Silk and its Proteins: A Review

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Silk is a natural fibre used mainly for aesthetic purposes. It has also been used for making surgical sutures for centuries. The recent rediscovery of silk’s biological properties have led to new areas of research and utilization in cosmetic, health and medical fields. The silk proteins, fibroin and sericin are processed into biomaterials because of bio-compatibility, bio-degradability, excellent mechanical properties, thermo tolerance and UV protective properties. Silk proteins could be obtained as pure liquids and regenerated in different forms suitable for tissue engineering applications. This paper presents some of the biomedical products and biomaterials made from native, degraded and regenerated silk and their fabrication techniques.

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Nivedita, S., Sivaprasad, V. Biomedical Applications of Mulberry Silk and its Proteins: A Review. J. Inst. Eng. India Ser. E 95, 57–61 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40034-014-0034-0

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