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heparan sulfates

Wednesday 3 December 2003

Heparan sulfate proteoglycan is a major component of basement membranes, where the molecule may be involved in the stabilization of other molecules as well as being involved with glomerular permeability to macromolecules and cell adhesion.

The heparan sulfates are a family of cell-surface and matrix polysaccharides with an incredible degree of structural diversity that are distributed widely in virtually all metazoan organisms.

The dynamic expression of heparan sulfates with differing sugar sequences suggests a repertoire of sequences produced by a particular cell or tissue called ’heparanome’.

Mucin-like glycoproteins, such as heparan sulfate, serve as ligands for the leukocyte adhesion molecule called CD44. These glycoproteins are found in the extracellular matrix and on cell surfaces.

See also

- heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs)


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