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Polysaccharide nanoparticles are versatile functional materials used in drug delivery applications. Here we describe a method for the synthesis of β-1,3-glucan esters which show the formation of nanoparticles. Pyridine-soluble β-1,3-glucan formate was first synthesized as an intermediate and then reacted with various anhydrates to yield β-1,3-glucan acetate(More)
Electrospun chitosan membranes have been investigated for guided bone regeneration but are susceptible to swelling, dissolution, and loss of biomimetic nanofiber structure due to residual acid salts. A novel process was investigated for acidic salt removal from chitosan electrospun in 70% trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) by treating with triethylamine(More)
In order to improve bioactivity of agarose, we modified agarose by carboxylation and grafting dopamine. Under alkaline condition, carboxylated agarose was prepared using 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl radical (TEMPO) oxidation system by oxidizing C(6) hydroxyl on D-galactose ring into carboxyl group, and the maximum value of the degree of(More)
Asymmetric membranes, which mimic the structure and functions of human skin, have been extensively pursued as ideal skin tissue engineering constructs. In this study, we demonstrated that nanostructured asymmetric membranes can be prepared by the self-organization of chemically heterogeneous bilayer electrospun membranes in aqueous solutions. Structurally,(More)
Tile-based self-assembly is a robust system in the construction of three-dimensional DNA nanostructures but it has been rarely applied to other helical biopolymers. β-Glucan is an immunoactive natural polymer which exists in a triple helical conformation. Herein, we report that β-glucan, after modification using two types of short chain acyl groups, can(More)
Chitosan nanofibers (CSNFs) have potential applications in biomaterials, oil recovery and food packaging, but their instability in moist environment has limited their full utilization. Here we report that CSNFs can be O-acylated in a post-electrospinning treatment by using pyridine as catalyst and short-chain (C2, C3, C4, C5 and C6) and long-chain (C8 and(More)
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