Recombinant F. heparinum Heparinase I Protein, CF

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Recombinant F. heparinum Heparinase I Protein, CF Summary

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Product Specifications

>95%, by SDS-PAGE visualized with Silver Staining and quantitative densitometry by Coomassie® Blue Staining.
Endotoxin Level
<1.0 EU per 1 μg of the protein by the LAL method.
Measured by its ability to liberate oligosaccharides from heparin. The specific activity is >24,500 pmol/min/μg, as measured under the described conditions.
E. coli-derived f. heparinum Heparinase I protein
Gln22-Arg384, with an N-terminal Met and 6-His tag
Accession #
N-terminal Sequence
Predicted Molecular Mass
42 kDa
40-42 kDa, reducing conditions

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Carrier Free

What does CF mean?

CF stands for Carrier Free (CF). We typically add Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) as a carrier protein to our recombinant proteins. Adding a carrier protein enhances protein stability, increases shelf-life, and allows the recombinant protein to be stored at a more dilute concentration. The carrier free version does not contain BSA.

What formulation is right for me?

In general, we advise purchasing the recombinant protein with BSA for use in cell or tissue culture, or as an ELISA standard. In contrast, the carrier free protein is recommended for applications, in which the presence of BSA could interfere.


Formulation Supplied as a 0.2 μm filtered solution in Tris, NaCl and DTT.
Shipping The product is shipped with dry ice or equivalent. Upon receipt, store it immediately at the temperature recommended below.
Stability & Storage: Use a manual defrost freezer and avoid repeated freeze-thaw cycles.
  • 6 months from date of receipt, -70 °C as supplied.
  • 3 months, -70 °C under sterile conditions after opening.

Assay Procedure

  • Assay Buffer: 50 mM Tris, 100 mM NaCl, 2 mM CaCl2, pH 7.5
  • Recombinant F. heparinum Heparinase I (rFhHeparinase I) (Catalog # 7897-GH)
  • Substrate: Heparin (Tocris, Catalog # 2812), 20 mg/mL stock in deionized water
  • 96-well Clear UV Plate (Costar, Catalog # 3635)
  • Plate Reader (Model: SpectraMax Plus by Molecular Devices) or equivalent
  1. Dilute rFhHeparinase I to 0.5 µg/mL in Assay Buffer.
  2. Dilute Substrate to 0.75 mg/mL in Assay Buffer.
  3. Load 100 µL of diluted rFhHeparinase I into a UV plate, and start the reaction by adding 200 µL of 0.75 mg/mL Substrate. Include a Substrate Blank containing 100 µL of Assay Buffer and 200 µL of 0.75 mg/mL Substrate.
  4. Read plate in kinetic mode for 5 minutes at an absorbance of 232 nm.
  5. Calculate specific activity:

     Specific Activity (pmol/min/µg) =

Adjusted Vmax* (OD/min) x well volume (L) x 1012 pmol/mol
ext. coeff** (M-1cm-1) x path corr.*** (cm) x amount of enzyme (µg)

     *Adjusted for Substrate Blank 
     **Using the extinction coefficient 3800 M-1cm-1 
     ***Using the path correction 0.92 cm
     Note: the output of many spectrophotometers is in mOD Per Reaction:
  • rFhHeparinase I: 0.05 µg
  • Substrate: 0.5 mg/mL

Scientific Data

Enzyme Activity Recombinant F. heparinum Heparinase I Protein Enzyme Activity View Larger

Heparinase I digestion of Heparin Sulfate (200 μg) is assessed in a 5-minute kinetic assay at room temperature by monitoring absorbance at 232 nm. R&D Systems RecombinantF. heparinumHeparinase I (Catalog # 6145-GH) (orange) exhibits greater activity than theBacteroidesHeparinase I from the competition (green).

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Background: Heparinase I

Heparin and heparan sulfate are sulfated glycosaminoglycans that share basic carbohydrate backbone structure with alternating uronic acid and N-acetylglucosamine residues (1, 2). Heparin is found in mast cells and has strong anticoagulation properties. Heparan sulfate is found on cell membrane and extracellular matrix and is involved in various biological events from cell growth, adhesion and migration to lipid metabolism. Heparin has a much higher degree of sulfation than heparan sulfate, which can be considered as a polysaccharide with regions similar to heparin interspaced with much less sulfated regions. Both heparin and heparan sulfate can be digested by heparinases, a group of bacterial lyases that are widely used as tools for processing and analyze these polysaccharides. Heparinases degrade heparin and heparan sulfate glycosaminoglycans through an eliminative mechanism (3). Heparinase I from Flavobacterium heparinum is highly active on heparin and has no activity against chondroitin sulfate and keratan sulfate (4). The enzyme readily releases highly sulfated oligosaccharides from heparin (5).

  1. MacArthur, J. M. et al. (2007) J. Clin. Invest. 117:153.
  2. Esko, J. D. and Selleck, S. B. (2002) Annu. Rev. Biochem. 71:435.
  3. Linhardt, R. J. et al. (1986) Appl. Biochem. Biotech. 12:135.
  4. Wu, Z.L. et al. (2011) Glycobiology 21:625.
  5. Ernst, S. et al. (1996) Biochem. J. 315:589.
Entrez Gene IDs
1073402 (B. thetaiotaomicron)
Alternate Names
Heparinase I

Citations for Recombinant F. heparinum Heparinase I Protein, CF

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  1. Enzymatic synthesis of low molecular weight heparins from N-sulfo heparosan depolymerized by heparanase or heparin lyase
    Authors: Y Yu, L Fu, P He, K Xia, S Varghese, J Dordick, H Wang, F Zhang, RJ Linhardt
    Carbohydrate polymers, 2022;295(0):119825.
    Species: N/A
    Sample Types: N/A
    Applications: enzyme activity
  2. Systematic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 infection of an ACE2-negative human airway cell
    Authors: M Puray-Chav, KM LaPak, TP Schrank, JL Elliott, DP Bhatt, MJ Agajanian, R Jasuja, DQ Lawson, K Davis, PW Rothlauf, Z Liu, H Jo, N Lee, K Tenneti, JE Eschbach, C Shema Mugi, EM Cousins, EW Cloer, HR Vuong, LA VanBlargan, AL Bailey, P Gilchuk, JE Crowe, MS Diamond, DN Hayes, SPJ Whelan, A Horani, SL Brody, D Goldfarb, MB Major, SB Kutluay
    Cell Reports, 2021;0(0):109364.
    Species: Human
    Sample Types: Whole Cells
    Applications: Bioassay


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