Biotechnology and Bioactive Polymers / Edition 1

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Reviewer: Kevin E. Healy(Northwestern University)
Description: The book attempts to present polymers that use aspects of biotechnology either in their synthesis or ultimate application. The book is a unique contribution from a combined American Chemical Society symposium sponsored by the Biotechnology Secretariat and the Division of Polymeric Materials.
Purpose: The focus is to describe polymers that essentially combine features of biotechnology and bioactivity. This book represents a much-needed contribution from an interdisciplinary group of researchers and should be well accepted, although the circulation may not be particularly great. The book meets the authors' objectives; however, in many chapters, the materials invoke biotechnology, but not bioactivity, or the converse. The title may overstate the contents of the text.
Audience: This book is targeted toward advanced graduate and postdoctoral students as well as the basic and applied scientist. The authors are clearly experts in their fields, and the work presented reflects significant progress compared with previously published works. The audience may encompass a wide diversity of disciplines, spanning materials science of native (i.e., biologically derived) or synthetic polymers, to cell biology.
Features: The format is consistent throughout the text. All figures and tables seem appropriate, although some figures appear upside down when viewed with the text in a normal reading position. The unique feature is the diverse nature of the contributions from researchers in disparate fields addressing common themes. Breadth of this type only comes from jointly sponsored symposia.
Assessment: The scientific quality of this book is high. It seems that researchers both at the symposium and others unable to attend would appreciate this text. However, the material presented in the text may be outdated, because the symposium took place two years ago.
Kevin E. Healy
The book attempts to present polymers that use aspects of biotechnology either in their synthesis or ultimate application. The book is a unique contribution from a combined American Chemical Society symposium sponsored by the Biotechnology Secretariat and the Division of Polymeric Materials. The focus is to describe polymers that essentially combine features of biotechnology and bioactivity. This book represents a much-needed contribution from an interdisciplinary group of researchers and should be well accepted, although the circulation may not be particularly great. The book meets the authors' objectives; however, in many chapters, the materials invoke biotechnology, but not bioactivity, or the converse. The title may overstate the contents of the text. This book is targeted toward advanced graduate and postdoctoral students as well as the basic and applied scientist. The authors are clearly experts in their fields, and the work presented reflects significant progress compared with previously published works. The audience may encompass a wide diversity of disciplines, spanning materials science of native (i.e., biologically derived) or synthetic polymers, to cell biology. The format is consistent throughout the text. All figures and tables seem appropriate, although some figures appear upside down when viewed with the text in a normal reading position. The unique feature is the diverse nature of the contributions from researchers in disparate fields addressing common themes. Breadth of this type only comes from jointly sponsored symposia. The scientific quality of this book is high. It seems that researchers both at the symposium and others unable to attend would appreciate this text.However, the material presented in the text may be outdated, because the symposium took place two years ago.
Booknews
Examines polymers that exert some kind of influence on living organisms, and their use in biotechnological applications in a number of fields. Among the topics are hylan gel for soft tissue augmentation, the modulation of phosphocholine bilayer structures, the preparation of bacterial adsorption polymer and its application to biosensors, and novel anti-infection biomaterials by polymer modification. The 31 papers are from a symposium in San Francisco, April 1992. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306446290
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 2/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Factors Affecting the Bacterial Activity of Saccharides and Polysaccharides Modified Through Reaction With Organostannanes 1
Acetan - A New Bacterial Polysaccharide 9
Coagulation Properties of Chemically Modified Heparins 17
Hylan Gel for Soft Tissue Augmentation 25
Adsorption of Metal Ions on Chitosan and Chemically Modified Chitosan and Their Application to Hydrometallurgy 35
Chitin and Chitosan: Ecologically Bioactive Polymers 43
Recovery of Proteins From Whey Using Chitosan As a Coagulant 55
Use of Lignin-Based Materials in the Selective Inhibition of Microorganisms 71
Living Polymerization of Proteins: Actin and Tubulin. A Review 79
Cell Adhesive Properties of Bioelastic Materials Containing Cell Attachment Sequences 95
Expression of a Synthetic Mussel Adhesive Protein in Escherichia coli 115
Experiences With Collagen-Derived Biomaterials in Research and Treatment of Humans
Modulation of Phosphocholine Bilayer Structures 135
Special Functional Group Triglyceride Oil Based Interpenetrating Polymer Networks 147
Biodegradable Polymers in the Environment: Are They Really Biodegradable? 161
Four Year Absorption Study of Three Morphologically Different Forms of Poly-L-Lactide in Rabbits 169
Non-Aqueous Polymeric Systems (NAPS) for Diagnostic Applications 177
Protein Purification by Selective Adsorption on Immobilized Pyridinium Ligands 185
Moldable Dry Chemistry 195
Preparation of Bacterial Adsorption Polymer and Its Application to Biosensors 201
Immobilization of Adenosines on Silica Gel and Specific Separation of Thymidine Oligomers 207
Advances in Antimicrobial Polymers and Materials 225
Development of Polymeric Beta-Lactam Systems - Synthetic Study and Characterization 239
Biodegradable Polymers for the Controlled Delivery of Vaccines 249
Strategies for Treating Arterial Restenosis Using Polymeric Controlled Release Implants 259
The Use of PolyICLC in the Treatment of AIDS 269
The Release of 5-Fluorouracil From Dextran and Xylan Systems 277
Release Behavior of 5-Fluorouracil From Chitosan-Gel Microspheres Modified Chemically and Their Antitumor Activities 289
Biologically Active Polyphosphate and Polyphosphonate Esters - Nucleic Acid Analogs 297
The Controlled Release of a 5-Fluorouracil Prodrug From a Biodegradable Matrix 309
Novel Antiinfective Biomaterials by Polymer Modification 317
Contributors 327
Index 337
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