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Low molecular weight heparins (LMWHs) are widely used anticoagulant drugs. The composition and sequence of LMWH oligosaccharides determine their safety and efficacy. The short oligosaccharide pool in LMWHs undergoes more depolymerization reactions than the longer chains and is the most sensitive indicator of the manufacturing process. Electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (ESI-MS/MS) has been demonstrated as a powerful tool to sequence synthetic heparin oligosaccharide but never been applied to analyze complicated mixture like LMWHs. We established an offline strong anion exchange (SAX)-high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and ESI-MS/MS approach to sequence the short oligosaccharides of dalteparin sodium. With the help of in-house developed MS/MS interpretation software, the sequences of 18 representative species ranging from tetrasaccharide to octasaccharide were obtained. Interestingly, we found a novel 2,3-disulfated hexauronic acid structure and reconfirmed it by complementary heparinase digestion and LC-MS/MS analysis. This approach provides straightforward and in-depth insight to the structure of LMWHs and the reaction mechanism of heparin depolymerization.
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A low-molecular-weight fragment of heparin, prepared by nitrous acid depolymerization of porcine mucosal heparin. The mean molecular weight is 4000-6000 daltons. It is used therapeutically as an antithrombotic agent. (From Merck Index, 11th ed)
Heparin fractions with a molecular weight usually between 4000 and 6000 kD. These low-molecular-weight fractions are effective antithrombotic agents. Their administration reduces the risk of hemorrhage, they have a longer half-life, and their platelet interactions are reduced in comparison to unfractionated heparin. They also provide an effective prophylaxis against postoperative major pulmonary embolism.
A heparin fraction with a mean molecular weight of 4500 daltons. It is isolated from porcine mucosal heparin and used as an antithrombotic agent. (From Merck Index, 11th ed)
Low-molecular-weight fragment of heparin, having a 4-enopyranosuronate sodium structure at the non-reducing end of the chain. It is prepared by depolymerization of the benzylic ester of porcine mucosal heparin. Therapeutically, it is used as an antithrombotic agent. (From Merck Index, 11th ed)
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