Chitosan: A Promising Marine Polysaccharide for Biomedical Research

Pharmacognosy Reviews,2016,10,19,39-42.
Published:February 2016
Type:Review Article
Author(s) affiliations:

Mercy Halleluyah Periayah, Ahmad Sukari Halim, Arman Zaharil Mat Saad

Reconstructive Sciences Unit, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Malaysia


Biomaterials created 50 years ago are still receiving considerable attention for their potential to support development in the biomedical field. Diverse naturally obtained polysaccharides supply a broad range of resources applicable in the biomedical field. Lately, chitosan, a marine polysaccharide derived from chitins—which are extracted from the shells of arthropods such as crab, shrimp, and lobster—is becoming the most wanted biopolymer for use toward therapeutic interventions. This is a general short review of chitosan, highlighting the history, properties, chemical structure, processing method, and factors influencing the usage of chitosan derivatives in the biomedical field.

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M. Halleluyah Periayah, Halim, A. Sukari, and Saad, A. Zaharil Ma, Chitosan: A Promising Marine Polysaccharide for Biomedical Research, Pharmacognosy Reviews, vol. 10, no. 19, pp. 39-42, 2016.