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Heparin, heparan sulfate and heparanase in inflammatory reactions
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology.
2009 (English)In: Thrombosis and Haemostasis, ISSN 0340-6245, Vol. 102, no 5, 823-828 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Heparan sulfate (HS) proteoglycans at the cell surface and in the extracellular matrix of most animal tissues are essential in development and homeostasis, and are implicated in disease processes. Emerging evidence demonstrates the important roles of HS in inflammatory reactions, particularly in the regulation of leukocyte extravasation. Heparin, a classical anticoagulant, exhibits anti-inflammatory effects in animal models and in the clinic, presumably through interference with the functions of HS, as both polysaccharides share a high similarity in molecular structure. Apart of regulation during biosynthesis, the structures of HS and heparin are significantly modulated by heparanase, an endoglycosidase that is upregulated in a number of inflammatory conditions. Exploring the physiological roles of HS and heparin and the mode of heparanase action in modulating their functions during inflammation responses is of importance for future studies.

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2009. Vol. 102, no 5, 823-828 p.
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Polysaccharide, proteoglycans, structure/function, chemokine, vascular endothelium, transmigration
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-119574DOI: 10.1160/TH09-02-0091ISI: 000272190100007PubMedID: 19888515OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-119574DiVA: diva2:300502
Available from: 2010-02-26 Created: 2010-02-26 Last updated: 2011-06-28Bibliographically approved

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