Casein-based hydrogels: A mini-review

Luis Gustavo Lima Nascimento, Federico Casanova, Naaman Francisco Nogueira Silva, Alvaro Vianna Novaes de Carvalho Teixeira, Antonio Fernandes de Carvalho*

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Abstract

Casein-based hydrogels are biocompatible, biodegradable, renewable, easy to obtain, inexpensive, and non-toxic. They exist in different physicochemical states, e.g. particle hydrogels, which can be dived in suspensions or emulsions and macro hydrogels that are gel colloid type. These biomaterials have drawn increasing attention in recent years due to their abilities to form networks of different tensile strengths and to encapsulate, protect and release biomolecules. This mini-review outlines the recent advances in casein-based hydrogel research and the uses of casein-based hydrogels as drug delivery system for both hydrophobic and hydrophilic molecules. The food and biomedical potential along with possible future uses of the casein-based hydrogels are discussed throughout the document.
Original languageEnglish
Article number126063
JournalFood Chemistry
Volume314
ISSN0308-8146
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Casein
  • Hydrogel
  • Drug delivery
  • Encapsulation
  • Biomaterial

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