Heparin sensing: blue-chip binding

Nat Chem. 2013 Aug;5(8):644-6. doi: 10.1038/nchem.1701. Epub 2013 Jul 7.


Heparin is an anionic polysaccharide that has tremendous clinical importance as an anticoagulant. Several dyes have been developed that can detect heparin, and the latest example — named Mallard Blue — has now been shown to have excellent sensing properties under biologically relevant conditions.

Publication types

  • News
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Coloring Agents / chemistry*
  • Heparin / analysis*
  • Models, Molecular


  • Coloring Agents
  • Heparin