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Drug Metabolism and Personalized Therapy

Official journal of the European Society of Pharmacogenomics and Personalised Therapy

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Volume 33, Issue 1


Metabolism and mechanisms of action of hyaluronan in human biology

Reenu Anne Joy
  • Molecular Diagnostics Division, Department of Medical Oncology and Department of Biochemistry, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kochi, India
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/ Narendranath Vikkath
  • Molecular Diagnostics Division, Department of Medical Oncology and Department of Biochemistry, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kochi, India
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/ Prasanth S. AriyannurORCID iD: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0888-8094
Published Online: 2018-02-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/dmpt-2017-0031


Hyaluronan is a ubiquitous high-molecular weight polymer of repeated disaccharides of glucuronic acid and N-acetylglucosamine. It is a membrane-bound, viscous material extruded into the extracellular matrix after being synthesized in the cytoplasm by hyaluronan synthases complex and a regulated degradation by a group of enzymes called hyaluronidases. Hyaluronan has varied biological roles on many vital organismal functions, such as cellular and tissue development, migration and repair after injury or inflammation and cancer genesis. Hyaluronan in the tissue microenvironment is regulated by its concentration as well as the chain length of the polysaccharide. Many functions of hyaluronan are mediated by specific receptors at the cellular level, though its general physiochemical properties facilitate and coordinate many organ functions as well as in development. These fundamental characteristics of hyaluronan are reviewed, focusing on human biological context.

Keywords: CD44; glycosaminoglycan; human biology; hyaluronan; inflammation; RHAMM; tissue injury


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Corresponding author: Dr. Prasanth S. Ariyannur, Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, AIMS Ponekkara Post, Kochi 682041, India, Phone: +91-484-285-2250

Received: 2017-10-27

Accepted: 2018-01-08

Published Online: 2018-02-14

Published in Print: 2018-03-28

Author contributions: All the authors have accepted responsibility for the entire content of this submitted manuscript and approved submission.

Research funding: None declared.

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Honorarium: None declared.

Competing interests: The funding organization(s) played no role in the study design; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; or in the decision to submit the report for publication.

Citation Information: Drug Metabolism and Personalized Therapy, Volume 33, Issue 1, Pages 15–32, ISSN (Online) 2363-8915, ISSN (Print) 2363-8907, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/dmpt-2017-0031.

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