The activation of fibroblast growth factors by heparin: Synthesis and structural study of rationally modified heparin-like oligosaccharides

Rafael Ojeda, Jesús Angulo, Pedro M. Nieto, Manuel Martín-Lomas

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Heparin-like hexasaccharide 3 and octasaccharide 4 have been synthesized using a convergent block strategy and their solution conformations have been determined by NMR spectroscopy. Both oligosaccharides contain the basic structural motif of the regular region of heparin but have been constructed as to display negatively charged sulfate groups only on one side of their solution helical structures. This charge distribution along the saccharide chain has been designed to get insight into the proposed mechanism for fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) activation that involves heparin-induced FGF dimerization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)917-936
Number of pages20
JournalCanadian Journal of Chemistry (CJC)
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2002


  • heparin oligosaccharides
  • synthesis design
  • conformational analysis
  • FGF activation

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