A Novel Red-Blood-Cell-Shaped Pectin-Oligochitosan Hydrogel System
Jenna Nicole Harvestine, Brandon Anthony Mikulski, Kirsten Mary Mahuta, James Zachary Crouse, Xiaoru Guo, Jung Chull Lee, Katarina Senn Midelfort, Junhong Chen and Wujie Zhang
Article first published online: 1 APR 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/ppsc.201400002
The biocompatible red-blood-cell-shaped pectin–oligochitosan hydrogel capsule offers a large surface area to volume ratio, which improves transport capacity compared to the spherical one. This hydrogel capsule system can be used not merely for controlled delivery/release of bioactive agents, cell immobilization, or cell encapsulation towards regenerative medicine and tissue engineering, but also for creating artificial red blood cells/artificial blood.