Next Article in Journal
Systematic Applications of Metabolomics in Metabolic Engineering
Previous Article in Journal
Medicinal Plants: A Public Resource for Metabolomics and Hypothesis Development
Previous Article in Special Issue
Glycomic Expression in Esophageal Disease
Metabolites 2012, 2(4), 1060-1089; doi:10.3390/metabo2041060

Glycomics Approaches for the Bioassay and Structural Analysis of Heparin/Heparan Sulphates

1,*  and 2
1 Centre de Recherche en Cancérologie de Marseille, Inserm U1068, CNRS UMR7258, Institut Paoli-Calmettes, 10039 Marseille, France 2 Centre for Glycobiology, Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Institute of Integrative Biology, The University of Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 7ZB, UK
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 10 October 2012 / Revised: 13 November 2012 / Accepted: 15 November 2012 / Published: 28 November 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Glycomics and Glycoproteomics)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [356 KB, uploaded 28 November 2012]   |   Browse Figures


The glycosaminoglycan heparan sulphate (HS) has a heterogeneous structure; evidence shows that specific structures may be responsible for specific functions in biological processes such as blood coagulation and regulation of growth factor signalling. This review summarises the different experimental tools and methods developed to provide more rapid methods for studying the structure and functions of HS. Rapid and sensitive methods for the facile purification of HS, from tissue and cell sources are reviewed. Data sets for the structural analysis are often complex and include multiple sample sets, therefore different software and tools have been developed for the analysis of different HS data sets. These can be readily applied to chromatographic data sets for the simplification of data (e.g., charge separation using strong anion exchange chromatography and from size separation using gel filtration techniques. Finally, following the sequencing of the human genome, research has rapidly advanced with the introduction of high throughput technologies to carry out simultaneous analyses of many samples. Microarrays to study macromolecular interactions (including glycan arrays) have paved the way for bioassay technologies which utilize cell arrays to study the effects of multiple macromolecules on cells. Glycan bioassay technologies are described in which immobilisation techniques for saccharides are exploited to develop a platform to probe cell responses such as signalling pathway activation. This review aims at reviewing available techniques and tools for the purification, analysis and bioassay of HS saccharides in biological systems using “glycomics” approaches.
Keywords: heparan sulphate; heparin; glycomics; glycan arrays; glycoarrays; glycobioarrays heparan sulphate; heparin; glycomics; glycan arrays; glycoarrays; glycobioarrays
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Share & Cite This Article

Further Mendeley | CiteULike
Export to BibTeX |
EndNote |
MDPI and ACS Style

Puvirajesinghe, T.M.; Turnbull, J.E. Glycomics Approaches for the Bioassay and Structural Analysis of Heparin/Heparan Sulphates. Metabolites 2012, 2, 1060-1089.

View more citation formats

Related Articles

Article Metrics

For more information on the journal, click here


[Return to top]
Metabolites EISSN 2218-1989 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert