Hironori Izawa

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N-halamine chitin nanofiber (NF) film was prepared by the reaction of chitin NF film with sodium hypochlorite solution to endow the film with antibacterial and antifungal activities. The amount of active chlorine content loaded on the chitin NF film depended on the sodium hypochlorite concentration and reaction time. FT-IR, UV-vis, XRD, and TG analyses(More)
Fucoidan and chondroitin sulfate, which are well known sulfated polysaccharides, were depolymerized under hydrothermal conditions (120-180°C, 5-60min) as a method for the preparation of sulfated polysaccharides with controlled molecular weights. Fucoidan was easily depolymerized, and the change of the molecular weight values depended on the reaction(More)
This paper describes phosphorylase-catalyzed enzymatic alpha-glucosaminylation for the direct incorporation of a 2-amino-2-deoxy-alpha-D-glucopyranose unit into maltooligosaccharides. When the reaction of 2-amino-2-deoxy-alpha-D-glucopyranosyl 1-phosphate as the glycosyl donor with maltotetraose as a glycosyl acceptor was performed in the presence of(More)
We previously reported a xanthan gum (Xan) hydrogel showing excellent mechanical properties. Mineralization of hydroxyapatite (Hap) upon the Xan hydrogel would provide a unique biomaterial applicable for bone tissue engineering. Here, we show the mineralization of Hap upon the Xan hydrogel by means of an alternate soaking process. Hap was gradually grown(More)
Of the known intelligently-operating systems, the majority can undoubtedly be classed as being of biological origin. One of the notable differences between biological and artificial systems is the important fact that biological materials consist mostly of chiral molecules. While most biochemical processes routinely discriminate chiral molecules,(More)
Surface-deacetylated chitin nanofiber reinforced chitosan films were prepared. The nano-composite films were highly transparent of approximately 84% at 600 nm due to the nanometer-sized fillers and chitosan matrix, which were embedded in the cavities and on the rough surface of the nanofiber networks. Due to the extended crystalline structure, the(More)
Silver nanoparticles were prepared on chitin nanofiber surfaces by UV light reduction of silver ions. The chitin nanofibers could be efficient substrates to immobilize silver nanoparticles with stable dispersion states. The dispersion and the nanocomposite film with acrylic resin showed characteristic absorption property in the visible light region due to(More)
Previous reports indicate that the beneficial effect of chitin nanofibrils (CNFs), and chitosan nanofibrils (CSNFs) for wound healing. In this study, the wound healing effects of superficially deacetylated chitin nanofibrils (SDACNFs) were evaluated using an experimental model. In the experiments using circular excision wound model, SDACNFs induced(More)
Novel biological adhesives made from chitin derivatives were prepared and evaluated for their adhesive properties and biocompatibility. Chitin derivatives with acrylic groups, such as 2-hydroxy-3-methacryloyloxypropylated carboxymethyl chitin (HMA-CM-chitin), were synthesized and cured by the addition of an aqueous hydrogen peroxide solution as a radical(More)
This paper describes thermostable phosphorylase-catalyzed α-glucuronylation of maltooligosaccharides for the direct synthesis of anionic oligosaccharides having a glucuronic acid residue at the non-reducing end. When the reaction of α-glucuronic acid 1-phosphate (GlcA-1-P) as a glycosyl donor and maltotriose as a glycosyl acceptor was performed in the(More)