Alginate modification and lectin-conjugation approach to synthesize the mucoadhesive matrix

Arlina Prima Putri, Francesco Picchioni, Sri Harjanto, Mochamad Chalid

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Alginates are natural anionic polyelectrolytes investigated in various biomedical applica-tions, such as drug delivery, tissue engineering, and 3D bioprinting. Functionalization of alginates is one possible way to provide a broad range of requirements for those applications. A range of techniques, including esterification, amidation, acetylation, phosphorylation, sulfation, graft copolymerization, and oxidation and reduction, have been implemented for this purpose. The ratio-nale behind these investigations is often the combination of such modified alginates with different molecules. Particularly promising are lectin conjugate macromolecules for lectin-mediated drug delivery, which enhance the bioavailability of active ingredients on a specific site. Most interesting for such application are alginate derivatives, because these macromolecules are more resistant to acidic and enzymatic degradation. This review will report recent progress in alginate modification and conjugation, focusing on alginate-lectin conjugation, which is proposed as a matrix for mucoadhesive drug delivery and provides a new perspective for future studies with these conjugation methods.

Original languageEnglish
Article number11818
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021


  • Alginate
  • Alginate dialdehyde
  • Drug delivery
  • Lectin
  • Mucoadhesive polymers


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