Analysis of E. coli K5 capsular polysaccharide heparosan

Mellisa Ly, Zhenyu Wang, Tatiana N. Laremore, Fuming Zhang, Weihong Zhong, Dennis Pu, Dmitri V. Zagorevski, Jonathan S. Dordick, Robert J. Linhardt

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Heparosan is the key precursor for the preparation of bioengineered heparin, a potential replacement for porcine intestinal heparin, an important anticoagulant drug. The molecular weight (MW) distribution of heparosan produced by the fermentation of E. coli K5 was investigated. Large-slab isocratic and mini-slab gradient polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) were used to analyze the MW and polydispersity of heparosan. A preparative method that allowed fractionation by continuous-elution PAGE was used to obtain heparosan MW standards. The MWs of the heparosan standards were determined by electrospray ionization Fourier-transform mass spectrometry (ESI-FT-MS). A ladder of the standards was then used to determine the MW properties of polydisperse heparosan samples. Unbleached and bleached heparosan produced by fermentation of E. coli K5 had similar number-averaged MWs (MN), weight-averaged MWs (M W), and MW ranges of 3,000 to 150,000 Da.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)737-745
Number of pages9
JournalAnalytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry


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