Massimiliano Borgogna

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PURPOSE Characterisation of chitosan-tripolyphosphate nanoparticles is presented with the aim of correlating particle shape and morphology, size distribution, surface chemistry, and production automatisation with preparation procedure, chitosan molecular weight and loaded protein. METHODS Nanoparticles were prepared by adding drop wise a(More)
The availability of mannuronan and mannuronan C-5 epimerases allows the production of a strictly alternating mannuronate-guluronate (MG) polymer and the MG-enrichment of natural alginates, providing a powerful tool for the analysis of the role of such sequences in the calcium-alginate gel network. In view of the calcium binding properties of long(More)
Transplantation of microencapsulated insulin-secreting cells is proposed as a promising therapy for the treatment of type I diabetes mellitus. In recent years, important advances have been made in the field of immunoisolation and many studies have shown that alginate provides some major advantages for encapsulation over other systems. Since it is known that(More)
A new bioactive scaffold was prepared from a binary polysaccharide mixture composed of a polyanion (alginate) and a polycation (a lactose-modified chitosan, chitlac). Its potential use for articular chondrocytes encapsulation and cartilage reconstructive surgery applications has been studied. The hydrogel combines the ability of alginate to act as a 3D(More)
A chemoenzymatic strategy has been exploited to make covalently linked alginate beads with high stability. This was achieved by grafting mannuronan (alginate with 100% mannuronic acid (M)) with methacrylate moieties and then performing two enzymatic steps converting M to guluronic acid (G) in alternating sequences (MG-blocks) and in G-blocks. In this way a(More)
Two oppositely charged polysaccharides, alginate and a lactose-modified chitosan (chitlac), have been used to prepare dilute binary polymer mixtures at physiological pH (7.4). Because of the negative charge on the former polysaccharide and the positive charge on the latter, polyanion-polycation complex formation occurred. A complete miscibility between the(More)
The present study specifically aimed at preparing and characterizing semidilute binary polymer mixtures of alginate and chitlac which might find an application in the field of cell encapsulation. A polyanion, alginate, and a polycation, a lactose-modified chitosan, were mixed under physiological conditions (pH 7.4 and NaCl 0.15) and at a semidilute(More)
Polysaccharide networks, in the form of hydrogels and dried membranes based on chitosan and on the cross-linker tripolyphosphate (TPP), were developed using a novel approach. TPP was incorporated into chitosan by slow diffusion to favor a controlled gelation. By varying chitosan, TPP, and NaCl concentration, transition from inhomogeneous to homogeneous(More)
Biostable fiber-reinforced composites, based on bisphenol-A-dimethacrylate and triethyleneglycoldimethacrylate thermoset polymer matrix reinforced with E-glass fibers have been successfully used in cranial reconstructions and the material has been approved for clinical use. As a further refinement of these implants, antimicrobial, non-cytotoxic coatings on(More)
1-Amino-1-deoxygalactose (12%, mole) has been chemically introduced on a mannuronan sample via an N-glycosidic bond involving the uronic group of the mannuronic acid (M) residues. The unsubstituted M residues in the modified polymer were converted into guluronic moieties (G) by the use of two C-5 epimerases, resulting in an alginate-like molecule(More)