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  • n. A biologically active polysaccharide that exists only as the sulfate


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  • Surfen is a small molecule that inhibits the actions of certain polysaccharide molecules called heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPG) that are found on the surface of cells.


  • Sperm express molecules known to interact with HIV's envelope, such as heparan sulfate and mannose receptors.

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  • They found that the insulin-producing cells need heparan sulphate, a complex sugar, to survive. | Top Stories

  • The team also discovered that autoimmune cells damage beta cells by producing heparanase, an enzyme which degrades heparan sulphate in beta cells. | Top Stories

  • The research identified heparan sulphate as a major cause of the death of beta cells. | Top Stories

  • "We've discovered that replacement of heparan sulphate in the beta cells rescues the cells from dying and prevents them from damage caused by oxidation," Dr Charmaine Simeonovic from the John Curtin School of Medical Research in Canberra said. | Top Stories

  • The aim of the present study was to investigate the underlying mechanisms behind cell recruitment following intra-ductal infusion of heparan sulfate.

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  • Rats were subjected to intraductal-infusion of heparan sulfate, lipopolysaccharide and phosphate buffered saline into the pancreas.

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  • On the contrary, LPS infusion caused increased neutrophil numbers to a larger extent than heparan sulfate.

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  • Our data suggests that heparan and LPS both induce host defense reactions, though by using different mechanisms of cell-recruitment.

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