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International journal of biological macromolecules

Chitin gels.


PMID 2562247

Abstract

Chitin dissolved in N,N-dimethylacetamide, N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone and their mixed solvents in the presence of 5% LiCl was treated with acetic anhydride-pyridine, and the mixture solution was heated at 100 degrees C for 6 h to give a partially O-acetylated chitin gel. Chitin dissolved in these solvents in the presence of 5% LiCl was mixed with pyridine, and the mixture solution was heated at 60 degrees C for 5 h to give a chitin gel. Both the gels were rigid and transparent, and their properties and the rate of the hydrolysis of the chitin xerogel by hen-egg white lysozyme were essentially similar to those of N-acetylchitosan gel prepared by chemical N-acetylation of chitosan.