BIOCHEMICAL DEGRADATION OF POLYMERS.
Rept. for Jan-May 64,
WALTER REED ARMY MEDICAL CENTER WASHINGTON D C
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It is the object of the article to review the specific hydrolytic, redox, and electron transfer reactions involving enzymes and their mechanisms. The stability of the synthetic high polymers in the biochemical environments is much higher than that of proteins in general, but the increasing use of these materials in the field of surgical implants and internal prostheses has necessitated the systematic long range study of the systems in these surroundings. The study of the correlation of the mechanical strength and the chemical structures of these polymers tested as implants in living animals is reviewed, and the suitability of several synthetic polymers for this application is discussed. Author