[Effects of chitin and chitosan on degradation of DL-polylactide in vitro].

Abstract

The authors assessed the variations of pH-values of the physiological saline used for in vitro degradation tests of DL-Polylactide (DL-PLA)/chitin and DL-PLA/chitosan composites and DL-PLA. The weight-loss rations, the appearance and morphology of the tested specimens, and the molecular weights of DL-PLA in composites and pure DL-PLA were alse investigated. The results showed that both chitin and chitosan had significant inhibitory effects on the degradation of DL-PLA, and the effect of chitosan was stronger than that of chitin. A discussion on the mechanism of such inhibition is presented.