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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 10, Issue:1, January, 2021

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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2021.10(1): 3636-3643

Biomedical Applications of Chitosan and its Derivatives - A Review
N. Sundaramoorthy1, G. Ramya2, A. Lathifa Thasneem2, D. Kaviarasi2,
J. Hemapriya3, R. Aswini4 and S. Vijayanand2*
1Department of Microbiology, KMG College of Arts and Science, Gudiyatham, Tamilnadu, India 2Department of Biotechnology, BRT Lab, Thiruvalluvar University, Vellore, Tamilnadu, India 3Department of Microbiology, DKM College for Women, Vellore, Tamilnadu, India 4Department of Biotechnology, DG Vaishnav College, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
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Chitosan is a deacetylated compound of chitin which is a polysaccharide extracted from the shells of crustaceans, molluscs, fungi and other organisms. Chitosan is made up of copolymers containing glucosamine and N acetylglucosamine. They are derived by three methods from chitin viz, deproteination, demineralization and deacetylation. It is a basic polysaccharide and has several advantages such as photoelectric behaviour, ability to form films, metal chelation, optical and structural characteristics. These abilities of chitosan made them a perfect candidate for various applications. Chitosan is used in various fields such as cometics, agriculture, food, paper industry and also in fabrics. Besides these, they are widely used in biomedical applications due to its flexibility to be moulded into any shapes and more importantly its non toxic nature. In the field of biomedicine, Chitosan are known for their best anti microbial, anti oxidant, anti cancer and wound healing abilities and it is also used as drug delivery systems for treating several diseases. The present review deals with the biomedical applications of chitosan.

Keywords: Antimicrobial activity, Chitin, Chitosan, Drug targeting, Wound healing

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Sundaramoorthy, N., G. Ramya, A. Lathifa Thasneem, D. Kaviarasi, J. Hemapriya, R. Aswini and Vijayanand, S. 2021. Biomedical Applications of Chitosan and its Derivatives - A Review.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 10(1): 3636-3643. doi:
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