Advances in biomedical applications of pectin gels

Int J Biol Macromol. 2012 Nov;51(4):681-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2012.07.002. Epub 2012 Jul 7.


Pectin, due to its simple and cytocompatible gelling mechanism, has been recently exploited for different biomedical applications including drug delivery, gene delivery, wound healing and tissue engineering. Recent studies involving pectin for the biomedical field are reviewed, with the aim to capture the state of art on current research about pectin gels for biomedical applications, moving outside the traditional fields of application such as the food industry or pharmaceutics. Pectin structure, sources and extraction procedures have been discussed focussing on the properties of the polysaccharide that can be tuned to optimize the gels for a desired application and possess a fundamental role in application of pectin in the biomedical field.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Drug Carriers* / chemistry
  • Drug Carriers* / isolation & purification
  • Drug Carriers* / pharmacology
  • Gels
  • Gene Transfer Techniques
  • Pectins* / chemistry
  • Pectins* / isolation & purification
  • Pectins* / pharmacology
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Wound Healing / drug effects


  • Drug Carriers
  • Gels
  • Pectins