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Biodegradability and tissue reaction of random copolymers of L-leucine, L-aspartic acid, and L-aspartic acid esters.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of biomedical materials research
Publication Date
Volume
11
Issue
3
Pages
405–422
Identifiers
PMID: 856821
Source
Medline
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Abstract

A series of copoly(alpha-amino acids) with varying percentages of hydrophilic (L-aspartic acid) and hydrophobic monomers (L-leucine, beta-methyl-L-aspartate, and beta-benzyl-L-aspartate) were implanted subcutaneously in rats and the macroscopic degradation behavior was studied. Three groups of materials (A,B,C) with different ranges of hydrophilicity were distinguished: A) hydrophobic materials showed no degradation after 12 weeks; B) more hydrophilic materials revealed a gradual reduction in size of the samples, but were still present after 12 weeks; and C) hydrophilic copolymers disappeared within 24 hr. The tissue reactions caused by the materials of group A resembled that of silicone rubber, whereas those of group B showed a more cellular reaction.

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