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Hemoglobin-albumin cross-linking with disuccinimidyl suberate (DSS) and/or glutaraldehyde for blood substitutes.


Artif Cells Nanomed Biotechnol. 2013 Jan 23;


Authors: Scurtu F, Zolog O, Iacob B, Silaghi-Dumitrescu R


Abstract

Hemoglobin (Hb) derivatization for blood substitute purposes often involves multi-step processes including redox reagents such as borohydride and periodate, with possible subsequent side effects. Disuccinimidyl suberate (DSS) allows protein cross-linking without toxic side-products, forming one-step peptide bonds with the lysine residues. Here, we report that Hb polymers were obtained using DSS, making this the first report of a single-step polymerization for blood substitutes. The increase in autooxidation rate incurred by this polymerization is completely reversed when BSA is copolymerized with Hb. Copolymerization of Hb with BSA appears to be beneficial for alleviating pro-oxidant effects, regardless of the polymerizing agent employed.

PMID: 23342991 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]