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Degree Name

Master of Science


Pharmaceutical Sciences

First Advisor

Umesh Desai


Heparin is a highly sulfated glycosaminoglycan with potent anticoagulant, antimetastatic, and anti-inflammatory effects. Polymeric and polyanionic nature of heparin makes dosing and side effects a nightmare for healthcare professionals. Our laboratory has proposed appropriately designed, small, highly sulfated aromatic molecules as potential mimetics of heparin. These easier-to-synthesize small molecules have been shown to possess interesting pharmacological and improved toxicological profiles. However, the detection and characterization of these highly sulfated molecules is challenging. A robust RP-IP UPLC-MS method was developed to successfully retain, resolve and quantify sulfated non-saccharide GAG mimetics without the requirement of pre- or post- column derivatization. Comparative analysis reveals intricate dependence of resolution and ionization on the structure of ion-pairing agents. This is the first report showing systematic use of MS cone voltage to fingerprint sulfated GAG mimetics, perhaps eliminating the need for tandem MS techniques.


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Date of Submission

May 2013