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Ion exchange chromatographic separation and isolation of oligosaccharides of intact low-molecular-weight heparin for the determination of their anticoagulant and anti-inflammatory properties

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posted on 2023-05-17, 21:45 authored by Madhur ShastriMadhur Shastri, Johns, C, Hutchinson, JP, Khandagale, M, Rahul PatelRahul Patel
It is well known that enoxaparin, a widely used anticoagulant and low-molecular-weight heparin containing a large number of oligosaccharides, possesses anti-inflammatory activity. Whilst enoxaparin has shown promising results in various inflammatory disorders, some of its oligosaccharides have anti-inflammatory properties and others increase the risk of bleeding due to their anticoagulant effects. The aim of this study was to develop an effective ion exchange chromatographic (IC) technique which allows the separation, isolation and, consequently, the identification of different oligosaccharides of enoxaparin with or without anticoagulant activity. The developedmethod utilises a semi-preparative CarboPac PA100 (9×250 mm) ion exchange column with sodium chloride gradient elution and UV detection at 232 nm. The method successfully resolved enoxaparin into more than 30 different peaks. IC-derived oligosaccharides with high, moderate, low or no anticoagulant activity were identified using an anti-factor Xa assay. The anti-inflammatory activity of selected oligosaccharides was investigated using the Griess assay. Using this technique, the oligosaccharides of enoxaparin with low or no anticoagulant activity, whilst exhibiting significant antiinflammatory activity, could be fractionated. This technique can provide a platform to identify the oligosaccharides which are devoid of significant anticoagulant activity and are responsible for the therapeutic effects of enoxaparin that have been observed in various inflammatory conditions.


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Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry










School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology



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