Roles of thermodynamic state and molecular mobility in biopreservation

Alptekin Aksan, Mehmet Toner

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In a very broad sense, preservation can be defined as the process of reversibly arresting the biochemical reactions and therefore the metabolism of an organism (in a state of suspended animation [1]) in order to sustain function after a “prolonged” exposure to otherwise lethal conditions. The lethal conditions are created by the inadequacy of the surrounding medium in supplying nutrients and removing by-products, exposure to draught, or the extremes of temperature that would disturb the biochemical processes vital to the organism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTissue Engineering
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781420008333
ISBN (Print)9780849390265
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007


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