New Developments in Polylactic Acid Research


Courtney Winthrop (Editor)

Series: Polymer Science and Technology

Polylactic acid (PLA) is a synthetic and biodegradable polymer. PLA can have important applications in tissue engineering as three-dimensional porous structures. Biodegradable polymers are used in medicine to replace and increase the volume of tissues, as tissue supports and also for controlled drug release. One of the most widely used biodegradable polymers is polylactic acid (PLA), as it is easily biodegraded. This material is used as microspheres or microcapsules to host a broad diversity of drugs, such as antiinflamatory, anticonceptives, narcotics antagonists, local anesthetics and vaccines. This book discusses new developments in the research of polylactic acid. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1- Drug Eluting Stents and Polylactide Stents (pp. 1-25)
Tré Raymond Welch and Surendranath R. Veeram Reddy (Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas and Department of Pediatrics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, US)

Chapter 2- Controlled Drug Delivery Systems Based on PLA (pp. 27-78)
Vicente Rives, Patricia H. Holgado, María Jesús Holgado and María Soledad San Román (GIR-QUESCAT, Departamento de Química Inorgánica, Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain)

Chapter 3- PLA Enhanced via Plasma Technology: A Review (pp. 79-110)
Pieter Cools, Nathalie De Geyter and Rino Morent (Research Unit Plasma Technology, Department of Applied Physics, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium)
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Chapter 4- Polylactic Acid Composites (pp. 111-132)
W. Jia and R. H. Gong (Textiles, School of Materials, the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK)

Chapter 5- Applications of Polylactic Acid in Surgery of Abdominal Wall Hernias (pp. 133-152)
Juan Manuel Suárez Grau, Cristina Méndez García,Salud García Ruiz, Carmen Cepeda Franco, Carolina Rubio Chaves, and Fernando Docobo Durántez (General Hospital of Riotinto, Huelva, Spain and Clinic Quirón “Sagrado Corazón”, Seville, Spain and General Hospital of Jerez, Cádiz, Spain and Clinic Quirón “Donostia”, Guipúzcoa, Spain and University Hospital Virgen del Rocío, Seville, Spain)

Chapter 6- PLGA Nanosphere Platform for Nanomedical System (pp. 153-181)
Yusuke Tsukada, Hiroyuki Tsujimoto, Nobuhiko Miwa, Hiromitsu Yamamoto and Yoshiaki Kawashima (Pharmaceutical and Beauty Science Research Center, Hosokawa Micron Corporation, Japan and Material Business Dept., Hosokawa Micron Corporation, Japan and Osaka Butsuryo University and Emeritus Professor of Prefectural University of Hiroshima, Japan and Aichi Gakuin University, Japan Aichi Gakuin University and Emeritus Professor of Gifu Pharmaceutical University, Japan)

Chapter 7- Reactive Compatibilization of PLA-TPS Blends (pp. 183-194)
M. H. Gutiérrez Villarreal, F. J. Rodríguez González and M. C. Kantun Uicab (Centro de Investigación en Química Aplicada, Saltillo, Coahuila, México)

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