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Polysaccharides in Medical Applications

  • Matej Bračič
  • Simona Strnad
  • Lidija Fras Zemljič
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Molecular Science book series (BRIEFSMOLECULAR)

Abstract

Polysaccharides are the most important organic raw materials, building blocks in several fields and machineries of life [1]. Since the 1980s, naturally occurring polysaccharides, represented by cellulose, have been re-evaluated as outstanding chemicals and/or materials with various uses. Natural polysaccharides from different sources exhibit some special characteristics at the molecular and supramolecular levels, which are associated with their hydrogen-bonding ability, side-group reactivity, which can be modified covalently or by ionic bonds, enzymatic degradability, chirality, semi-rigidity, etc.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matej Bračič
    • 1
  • Simona Strnad
    • 1
  • Lidija Fras Zemljič
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of MariborMariborSlovenia

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