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Non-anticoagulant derivatives of heparin for the management of Asthma : distant dream or close reality?

Shastri, M (2015) Non-anticoagulant derivatives of heparin for the management of Asthma : distant dream or close reality? PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Unfractionated heparin (UFH) belongs to a class of linear, highly sulfated, acidic polysaccharides known as glycosaminoglycans. Low-molecular-weight heparins (LMWHs) are modified heparin fragments with a molecular weight range of 2000 to 8000 Da. LMWHs are prepared by either chemical or enzymatic depolymerisation of UFH. In clinical practice, UFH is largely replaced by LMWHs because of their improved pharmacokinetic profiles as decreased risk of side effects. Heparins (UFH and LMWHs) are comprised of heterogeneous mixture of anticoagulant and non-anticoagulant fractions. Much recently, these polysaccharides have shown to possess anti-inflammatory effects and such effects are strongly influenced by degree of sulfation, distribution of sulfate groups and chain length. Interestingly, the potential anti-inflammatory activities of heparins, such seen in asthma, are reported to be because of the interactions between their non-anticoagulant molecules and various biological molecules. Numerous studies highlight the role of heparins in the management of inflammatory disorders including asthma. Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory condition of the conducting airways. It is estimated that approximately 300 million people worldwide suffer from asthma and it is associated with severe morbidity, and sometimes even mortality. Asthma is known to be driven by various inflammatory cytokines including interleukin-(IL)-4, IL-5, IL-6, IL-8, IL-13 and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α). The current drug modalities used for the management of asthma are reported to have a number of drawbacks and it is also estimated that up to 10% asthmatic patients have difficult-to-treat asthma that is often resistant to first line treatment with inhaled corticosteroids. Some recent in vivo studies have confirmed that heparins possess significant anti-asthmatic activity. However, the use of heparins for the management of asthma is hindered by the risk of bleeding associated with their anticoagulant fractions. For example, in one study, administration of LMWH resulted in massive haemorrhage in a patient with inflammation. Apart from this, the investigation of anti-inflammatory effects of LMWH is challenging because these activities are expressed with high LMWH concentrations where the anticoagulant effects predominate. Therefore, the overall aim of the study was to confirm that a LMWH (e.g. enoxaparin and dalteparin) can inhibit various inflammatory mediators involved in the pathogenesis of asthma with a view of identifying non-anticoagulant fraction(s) of the parent LMWH responsible for its anti-asthmatic effect.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Heparin, Low-molecular-weight-heparin, Enoxaparin, Anticoagulant Oligosaccharides, Bleeding, Non-anticoagulant Oligosaccharides, Anti-inflammatory, Asthma
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