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Pharmacosmos DEAE-Dextran


Pharmacosmos DEAE-Dextran are based on Pharmacosmos Dextran

Pharmacosmos DEAE-Dextran are based on Pharmacosmos’ world-leading Dextran products, and Pharmacosmos DEAE-Dextran are also produced at Pharmacosmos’ state-of-the-art, GMP-approved facility in Denmark. 

As a natural consequence of Pharmacosmos’ commitment to quality, Pharmacosmos DEAE-Dextran are developed and manufactured according to the same advanced standards and requirements of the highest quality as applied in the development and manufacturing of our world-leading Dextran products.

DEAE-Dextran is made by reaction of dextran with (2-chloroethyl) diethylammoniumchlorid in alkaline solution. 

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Fig. 1: DEAE-Dextran 

DEAE-Dextran is a polycation. DEAE - Dextran contains three basic groups with different pKa values. There are two tertiary groups, one in the single substituted glucose unit having a pKa value of approximately 9.2 and the tertiary group in the tandem substitution having a pKa value of approximately 5.5. The quaternary amino group in the tandem substitution has a pKa value ~ 14.
Below in Fig.2 is shown the titration curve from titration of DEAE - Dextran after alkanation.

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Fig. 2: Titration after alkanation

The red vertical bar shows at which point the added sodium hydroxide is titrated. The green vertical bar shows when the tertiary group with pKa of approximately 9.2 is titrated, and finally the blue vertical bar shows when the tertiary group with pKa near 5.5 is titrated.

The total amount of nitrogen can be calculated from the titration curve or by Kjeldahl-analysis.

The nitrogen content of approximately 3.2 % is equivalent to one charged group per three glucose units.

As seen in Fig.1 DEAE-Dextran contains more tertiary groups than quaternary amino groups. Calculated on the amount of nitrogen in the DEAE-Dextran, approximately 2/3 of the nitrogen content belongs to the tandem substitution.

DEAE-Dextran is stable in solution at ambient temperatures and pH values ranging from pH = 4 to pH =14. The dry powder has good stability.


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