This new book presents the authors' biomedical studies of natural degradable biopolymers (polyhydroxyalkanoates [PHAs]) and discusses the demand for medical-grade materials and modern trends, focusing on the present status and future potential of PHAs. The authors present and summarize their most important results and findings obtained during the last few years in experimental studies and clinical trials of PHAs at the Institute of Biophysics Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Science.
Requirements for Biomaterials: The Position and Potential of Degradable Polyhydroxyalkanoates. Creation and Use of Environmentally Friendly Materials as an Important Part of Critical Technologies of the 21st Century. Polyhydroxyalkanoates: Natural Degradable Biopolymers. Microcarriers of PHAs for Cell Technology and Drug Delivery. Potentials of Polyhydroxyalkanoates as Materials for Constructing Cell Scaffolds in Tissue Engineering. Degradable Polyhydroxyalkanoates as a Basis for Drug Delivery Systems. Implants and Cell Grafts of PHAs for Tissue Regeneration. Potentials of Polyhydroxyalkanoates for Repair of Skin Defects. Potential of PHAs for Bone Defect Repair. Perspectives for Using PHAs in Abdominal Surgery. A Study of Mesh Implants Coated with a Biocompatible PHA Layer. A Study of PHAs as Materials for Designing Fully Resorbable Biliary Stents.