Heparin drug binding to polylysine

Heparin drug binding to polylysine

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Caption: Heparin binding to polylysine. Molecular graphic of heparin (red and yellow) binding to polylysine (purple and blue). Heparin is an anticoagulant made by the human body and used as a drug to treat thrombosis. It is a strongly acidic polysaccharide that binds to basic peptides like polylysine, a polymer consisting of repeating units of the amino acid lysine. The basic amino groups on the polylysine molecule are shown in blue. Sulphate groups on the heparin molecule are yellow. Modelling simplified reactions like this will help researchers understand how heparin binds to more complex proteins in the body.

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Keywords: anticoagulant, biochemistry biochemical, chemical, chemistry, compound compounds, drug, drug molecule, drug research, heparin, heparin binding to, molecular graphic, molecule, molecules, pharmaceutical, pharmaceutics, polylysine, polysaccharide, thrombosis drug

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