Preparation of chitin and chitosan derivatives having mercapto groups

Mánica Perez, Juan Alfonso Redondo, Alberto Gallardo, Inmaculada Aranaz

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Abstract

Chitin and its deacetylated derivative chitosan are natural copolymers composed of randomly distributed β-(1 → 4)-linked 2-acetamido-d-glucose and 2-amino-d-glucose units in variable proportions (Figure 5.1). Chitin occurs naturally in a wide variety of species from fungi to lower animals. However, chitosan only occurs in some fungi and it is normally prepared by the deacetylation of chitin (Muzzarelli 1977; Roberts 1998). Chitin is an abundant polymer and both chitin and chitosan exhibit very interesting properties, such as biocompatibility, biodegradability, and metal-binding ability among others (Aranaz et al. 2009). Therefore, both polymers have potential applications in many elds such as in biomedicine, waste water treatment, or cosmetics (Dodane and Vilivalam 1998; Rinaudo 2006).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChitin and Chitosan Derivatives
Subtitle of host publicationAdvances in Drug Discovery and Developments
PublisherCRC Press
Pages113-120
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781466566323
ISBN (Print)9781466566286
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Chemistry(all)

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