Recent Developments in the Separation of Low Molecular Weight Heparin Anticoagulants

Author(s): Radosław Sadowski, Renata Gadzała-Kopciuch*, Bogusław Buszewski

Journal Name: Current Medicinal Chemistry

Volume 26 , Issue 1 , 2019

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The general function of anticoagulants is to prevent blood clotting and growing of the existing clots in blood vessels. In recent years, there has been a significant improvement in developing methods of prevention as well as pharmacologic and surgical treatment of thrombosis. For over the last two decades, low molecular weight heparins (LMWHs) have found their application in the antithrombotic diseases treatment. These types of drugs are widely used in clinical therapy. Despite the biological and medical importance of LMWHs, they have not been completely characterized in terms of their chemical structure. Due to both, the structural complexity of these anticoagulants and the presence of impurities, their structural characterization requires the employment of advanced analytical techniques. Since separation techniques play the key role in these endeavors, this review will focus on the presentation of recent developments in the separation of LMWH anticoagulants.

Keywords: Separation of LMWHs, liquid chromatography, ultra-high performance liquid chromatography, capillary electrophoresis, mass spectrometry, anticoagulants.

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