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The conformational behavior of the algal polysaccharide ulvan in aqueous solution has been studied. This biopolymer, containing limited regular regions of aldobiuronic sequences made of-D-glcpA-(1f4)-R-L-rhap 3-sulfate and of R-L-idopA(1f4)-R-L-rhap 3-sulfate, can be considered as a low-cost source of rare sugars with a potential impact on several(More)
Gas filled hollow microparticles, i.e., microbubbles and microballoons, are soft matter devices used in a number of diverse applications ranging from protein separation and purification in food science to drilling technology and ultrasound imaging. Aqueous dispersions of these mesoscopic systems are characterized by the stabilization of the air/water(More)
Gas-filled microbubbles are widely used in diagnostic imaging. Recent developments have greatly enhanced the potential use of microbubbles for both diagnostic and therapeutic applications. For the potential use of microbubbles in therapeutic applications, the chemical nature of the shell and its mechanical properties are crucial, and requires a tailored(More)
In this report, we describe the delivery of small interfering RNA (siRNA) using LbL-assembled microcapsules. The microcapsules are based on negatively charged poly(methacrylic acid) nanometer thin films containing cross-linking disulfide bonds. One system is polycation-free and another contains polylysine for siRNA complexation in the microcapsule void.(More)
In this paper, we present some new case examples where the chemical versatility of poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) can be used for potential biomedical applications. PVA, the polymeric material used for designing new nanostructured devices, is water soluble, biocompatible and has excellent physical properties. We point out the possibility of obtaining(More)
Hollow (air-filled) microparticles, i.e., microbubbles, provide a promising novel vehicle for both local delivery of therapeutic agents and simultaneous diagnostic ultrasound echo investigations. In this paper, we describe the synthetic routes for decorating the polymeric shell of a poly(vinyl alcohol)-based microbubble with low and high molecular weight(More)
Micro- and nanoparticles are considered suitable drug delivery systems for their unique features, such as a large surface to volume ratio, and for the possibility to tune their size and hydrophobicity. A polymer/polymer/water emulsion method was used for producing a chemically cross-linked hydrogel made of poly(vinyl alcohol) and of poly(methacrylate)(More)
High-intensity ultrasound induces emulsification and cross-linking of protein molecules in aqueous medium. The stability and the functionality of the resultant protein-coated microbubbles are crucial in many of their applications. For example, the stability of drug-loaded microbubbles should be sufficiently long enough, in vivo, so that they can be ruptured(More)
The need of innovative, multifunctional biomaterials for the partial or complete tissue replacement is the driving force for the search of improvements of the performances of the available materials and in the formulation of new ones. Addressing the focus to vitreous substitution, we have explored the possibility of using injectable aqueous solutions of(More)
Poly(vinyl alcohol), PVA, is amenable to several structural modifications because of the presence of the hydroxyl moiety in the backbone. The chemical versatility of this polymer can be used for the obtainment of new wall-to-wall pH-responsive PVA chemical hydrogels and for the preparation of air-filled microspheres, for example, microbubbles. Here, we(More)