Hyaluronic Acid: History, Uses and Health Effects

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Riia Rautiola (Editor)

Series: Biochemistry Research Trends
BISAC: SCI007000

Hyaluronic acid, or hyaluronan, is a water soluble, anionic extracellular matrix glycosaminoglycan polymer with variable molecular weight that determines its physiological role, rheological properties and applications.

Since its discovery in the early 1930s, there has been an increased awareness concerning the biology of hyaluronic acid, its signaling pathways and its role in the biomedical and cosmeceutical industry. Being an endogenous molecule, hyaluronic acid is biocompatible, biodegradable, and has strong mucoadhesive, viscoelastic properties.

The authors provide chemical modification approaches to hyaluronic acid, as well as address the magnitude of applications of hyaluronic acid-based targeted drug vectors and patents.

The closing study discusses glycosaminoglycans, a specialized group of unbranched, anionic disaccharide polymers attached by a covalent linkage to the membrane proteins via sulphate groups in their sugar moieties.
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Preface

Chapter 1. Hyaluronic Acid: Scientific Level and Clinical Uses
(Pınar Aytar Çelik, Serap Gedikli and Ahmet Çabuk, Horse Breeding Vocational School, Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Eskişehir, Turkey, and others)

Chapter 2. Hyaluronic Acid: The Miracle Polymer for the New Era
(Rekha Rangarajan, PhD, Fort Worth, TX, US)

Chapter 3. Hyaluronic Acid: Biodegradable Material of Choice for Drug Delivery Applications
(Shiv Kumar Prajapati, Nishi Mody and Ankit Jain, Bhagyodaya Tirth Pharmacy College, Sagar, M.P., India, and others)

Chapter 4. Process Dynamics of Hyaluronic Acid Biosynthesis through Microbial Route and Various Production Strategies
(Naresh Mohan and Satya Sai Pavan and Senthilkumar Sivaprakasam, BioPAT Laboratory, Department of Biosciences & Bioengineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati, Assam, India)

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