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Biomaterial from fungal extract helps heal wounds

  • Published
    16th May, 2022
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Scientists have developed a new biomaterial that can be used to disinfect wounds and hastens the process of healing.

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About Pullulan Polymer:

  • The biomaterial is derived from the polymer pullulan which is secreted by the fungus Aureobasidium pullulans.
  • It is an exopolysaccharide, that is, this polymer is secreted by the fungus itself into the medium on which it is growing.
  • Pullulan as a biomaterial is already successful and widely used commercially. It is exploited in food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry because of its non-toxic, non-mutagenic and non-immunogenic properties.
  • Pullulan is basically a polymeric chain of glucose. 
  • Scientists processed the polymer to get a powder which is water-soluble.
  • This solution can be applied on the wound surface and then covered with a sterile gauze.
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