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Special Issue "Heparan Sulfate and Heparin: Challenges and Controversies"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Marco Guerrini

Istituto di Ricerche Chimiche e Biochimiche G. Ronzoni, Milan, Italy
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Interests: heparin analysis; glycosaminoglycan-protein interactions; nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
Guest Editor
Dr. Edwin Alexander Yates

University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Interests: glycosaminoglycan structure and function; spectroscopy of carbohydrate-protein interactions; microbial interactions involving carbohydrates

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The aim of this Special Issue of Molecules is to collect contributions from leading researchers in academia and industry that address, in particular, controversial or challenging problems in this field of research. We emphasize that we would like to encourage you to tackle difficult issues head-on, identifying what you see as the major challenges. We would also welcome your opinions and speculations regarding controversies within the field.

Given your significant contributions, we thought that you would be an ideal author to address such questions. We hope that you will be willing to contribute to this volume, the aim of which is to provide stimulation to other researchers and, ultimately, to help generate new ideas and approaches.

Dr. Marco Guerrini
Dr. Edwin Alexander Yates
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • heparin 
  • heparan sulfate 
  • biological activity
  • biosynthesis 
  • interactions 
  • structure-function 
  • applications

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Open AccessReview Low-Molecular-Weight Heparins: Reduced Size Particulate Systems for Improved Therapeutic Outcomes
Molecules 2018, 23(7), 1757; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules23071757
Received: 24 May 2018 / Revised: 21 June 2018 / Accepted: 4 July 2018 / Published: 18 July 2018
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Abstract
A wide range of diseases have been treated using low-molecular-weight heparins (LMWHs), the drug of choice for anticoagulation. Owing to their better pharmacokinetic features compared to those of unfractionated heparin (uFH), several systems incorporating LMWHs have been investigated to deliver and improve their
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A wide range of diseases have been treated using low-molecular-weight heparins (LMWHs), the drug of choice for anticoagulation. Owing to their better pharmacokinetic features compared to those of unfractionated heparin (uFH), several systems incorporating LMWHs have been investigated to deliver and improve their therapeutic outcomes, especially through development of their micro- and nano-particles. This review article describes current perspectives on the fabrication, characterization, and application of LMWHs-loaded micro- and nano-particles to achieve ameliorated bioavailability. The valuable applications of LMWH will continue to encourage researchers to identify efficient delivery systems that have specific release characteristics and ameliorated bioavailability, overcoming the challenges presented by biological obstructions and the physicochemical properties of LMWHs. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Heparan Sulfate and Heparin: Challenges and Controversies)
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