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This book presents a comprehensive review of the latest advances in developing alginate-based biomaterials and derivatives as well as their biomedical and pharmaceutical applications. It covers the physiochemical properties of alginates, production and formulation methods, derivatizations and characterization methods, the fundamental work on optimizing alginate polymers for defined biomedical purposes as well as the scope and effectiveness of their applications in medicine and therapeutic approaches. The book brings together new concepts and advances in harnessing alginate-based biomaterials in combination with applied technological advances to tailor their applications to medical needs. The contributions by leading academics, clinicians and researchers not only cover the fundamentals, but also open new avenues for meeting future challenges in research and clinical applications.

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Chapter 1. Alginate Biosynthesis and Biotechnological Production

M. Fata Moradali, Shirin Ghods, Bernd H. A. Rehm

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Chapter 2. Alginate Production from Marine Macroalgae, with Emphasis on Kelp Farming

César Peteiro

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Chapter 3. Alginate Microcapsules for Drug Delivery

Ainhoa Gonzalez-Pujana, Gorka Orive, Jose Luis Pedraz, Edorta Santos-Vizcaino, Rosa Maria Hernandez

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Chapter 4. Alginate Processing Routes to Fabricate Bioinspired Platforms for Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery

Vincenzo Guarino, Rosaria Altobelli, Francesca della Sala, Assunta Borzacchiello, Luigi Ambrosio

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Chapter 5. Alginate Utilization in Tissue Engineering and Cell Therapy

Bapi Sarker, Aldo R. Boccaccini

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Chapter 6. Alginate-Based Three-Dimensional In Vitro Tumor Models: A Better Alternative to Current Two-Dimensional Cell Culture Models

Amit Khurana, Chandraiah Godugu

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Chapter 7. Alginate Application for Heart and Cardiovascular Diseases

Zhengfan Xu, Mai T. Lam

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Chapter 8. Alginates in Dressings and Wound Management

Michael Clark

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Chapter 9. Alginates in Metabolic Syndrome

Senthil Arun Kumar, Lindsay Brown

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Chapter 10. Alginate Oligomers and Their Use as Active Pharmaceutical Drugs

P. D. Rye, A. Tøndervik, H. Sletta, M. Pritchard, A. Kristiansen, A. Dessen, D. W. Thomas

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Chapter 11. Mannuronic Acid as an Anti-inflammatory Drug

Rosalia Crupi, Salvatore Cuzzocrea
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