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Neuroprotective Properties of Chitosan and Its Derivatives

Author(s): Ratih Pangestuti | Se-Kwon Kim

Journal: Marine Drugs
ISSN 1660-3397

Volume: 8;
Issue: 7;
Start page: 2117;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: neuronal cells | neuroprotection | neuroprotective agents | neuroprotective properties | chitosan and derivatives

Neuronal cells are extremely vulnerable and have a limited capacity for self-repair in response to injury. For those reasons, there is obvious interest in limiting neuronal damage. Mechanisms and strategies used in order to protect against neuronal injury, apoptosis, dysfunction, and degeneration in the central nervous system are recognized as neuroprotection. Neuroprotection could be achieved through several classes of natural and synthetic neuroprotective agents. However, considering the side effects of synthetic neuroprotective agents, the search for natural neuroprotective agents has received great attention. Recently, an increasing number of studies have identified neuroprotective properties of chitosan and its derivatives; however, there are some significant challenges that must be overcome for the success of this approach. Hence, the objective of this review is to discuss neuroprotective properties of chitosan and its derivatives.
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