Apatite-Forming Ability of Pectin Gels in Simulated Body Environment
Apatite-polymer hybrids are expected as novel bone substitutes exhibiting bone-bonding ability and mechanical performances analogous to those of natural bone. In this study, we attempted preparation of organic-inorganic hybrids from different pectins such as pectic acid, apple-derived pectin and citrus-derived pectin through apatite deposition in simulated body fluid (SBF). Pectin gels were prepared by CaCl2 treatment of aqueous solutions of pectin. Apatite-forming ability of the gels was examined in SBF. The citrus-derived pectin showed tendency to form the largest amount of the apatite in SBF.
Xingdong Zhang, Xudong Li, Hongsong Fan, Xuanyong Liu
T. Ichibouji et al., "Apatite-Forming Ability of Pectin Gels in Simulated Body Environment", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 330-332, pp. 675-678, 2007