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Natural Materials

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Natural materials, such as collagen, silk, gelatin, alginate, chitosan, dextran, and hyaluronic acid, possess many favorable features for the targeted delivery of biologically active compounds since they are often biodegradable, hydrophilic, and non-toxic. Due to their structural similarity or presence as key components of the extracellular matrix, they are also commonly used as biomaterials in scaffolds for tissue engineering applications. Thus, novel natural compounds are being developed to treat a wide variety of illnesses, and increasingly, for tissue repair and regeneration.

The aim of this Research Topic is to showcase some of the cutting-edge research in the field of natural materials, with a general focus on nano-based drug delivery for tissue repair and regeneration.

This Research Topic will include the most relevant work in the field, from state-of-the-art contributions to critical reviews on the topic which will highlight the new advances in this field with an emphasis on the interface between the technological advancements and high impact applications, such as:
• Polymer conjugates
• Nanoparticles
• Scaffolds
• Hydrogels
• Drug delivery devices
• Theranostics

We aim to demonstrate the potential of natural materials as biomaterials, drug delivery carriers, and biologically active compounds in their own right for the treatment of disease and in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications. We welcome researchers working in this area, from academia and industries, to submit full-length research papers, short communication, and review articles to meet the goal of this collection.


Keywords: Polysaccharides, biomaterials, proteins, drug delivery, conjugates


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Natural materials, such as collagen, silk, gelatin, alginate, chitosan, dextran, and hyaluronic acid, possess many favorable features for the targeted delivery of biologically active compounds since they are often biodegradable, hydrophilic, and non-toxic. Due to their structural similarity or presence as key components of the extracellular matrix, they are also commonly used as biomaterials in scaffolds for tissue engineering applications. Thus, novel natural compounds are being developed to treat a wide variety of illnesses, and increasingly, for tissue repair and regeneration.

The aim of this Research Topic is to showcase some of the cutting-edge research in the field of natural materials, with a general focus on nano-based drug delivery for tissue repair and regeneration.

This Research Topic will include the most relevant work in the field, from state-of-the-art contributions to critical reviews on the topic which will highlight the new advances in this field with an emphasis on the interface between the technological advancements and high impact applications, such as:
• Polymer conjugates
• Nanoparticles
• Scaffolds
• Hydrogels
• Drug delivery devices
• Theranostics

We aim to demonstrate the potential of natural materials as biomaterials, drug delivery carriers, and biologically active compounds in their own right for the treatment of disease and in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications. We welcome researchers working in this area, from academia and industries, to submit full-length research papers, short communication, and review articles to meet the goal of this collection.


Keywords: Polysaccharides, biomaterials, proteins, drug delivery, conjugates


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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30 September 2021 Abstract
31 January 2022 Manuscript

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30 September 2021 Abstract
31 January 2022 Manuscript

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