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Trends Cardiovasc Med. 2002 Oct;12(7):281-7.

Antithrombin-independent anticoagulation by hypersulfated low-molecular-weight heparin.

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  • 1Henderson Research Centre, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.


Low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) inhibits the activity of the intrinsic factor X activation complex, a property that persists when LMWH is rendered low affinity (LA) for antithrombin, but is reduced when it is N-desulfated. When LA-LMWH is hypersulfated (sLA-LMWH), its potency against intrinsic tenase is increased and it acquires inhibitory activity against prothrombinase. sLA-LMWH functions by interfering with the association of enzyme and cofactor in both activation complexes. In a rabbit carotid artery thrombosis prevention model, sLA-LMWH is superior to LMWH. Because of its low affinity for antithrombin and multiple sites of action, sLA-LMWH may prove to be safer and more effective than other anticoagulants.

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