This study describes for the first time the iron- and copper-mediated gelation of FucoPol, fucose-rich bacterial polysaccharide. The ability of FucoPol to gel in the presence of metal cations, including iron(III) and copper(II), was used for the preparation of hydrogel beads. Iron mediated the formation of stable and not cytotoxic gel beads, while copper resulted in fragile and cytotoxic ones. Copper-mediated beads coated with an iron-mediated gel layer were more stable and had reduced cytotoxicity. The resulting polymeric structures had differing morphology, physical properties and cytotoxicity, which support their use in several applications, including biomedicine, agriculture and bioremediation.
|Journal||International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 1 Jan 2019|
- hydrogel beads