K5 Heparan Lyase 100 milliunits - HL01

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Unique substrate specificity, novel applications.

Acts exclusively in the non-sulfated domains of heparan sulphate.

Enables excission of entire sulfated regions in heparan sulphate.

This stable enzyme cleaves heparan sulfate in the non-sulfated regions of the polymer chain. This action may release activities that lie cryptic in the intact heparan sulphate chain. Does not require dry ice shipping and is excelent value for money.

An excellent substrate for this enzyme is K5 polysaccharide (K5001) which can be used to monitor the progress of the enzyme action by measuring absorbance at 232nm.

K5 Heparan Lyase can be used to remove heparan sulfate from proteoglycans and it is the only enzymatic method available for excising the entire sulfated regions from heparan sulfate chains. It differs from heparinase 111 (heparitinase) in that it will not degrade the transition zones that have an intermediate level of sulfation. (Murphy et al., J. Biol. Chem. 279, 27239-27245 2004).

Each aliquot contains 100 milli-international units and 100 micrograms total protein (92 ug BSA as carrier) lyophilised from solution in 50mM Tris, 50mM NaCl, and 0.1% Triton X100, pH 8.0. The unit definition is the activity that releases 1 micromole of delta (4,5) hexuronate per minute at 37˚C. using an extinction coefficient of 5100 per cm per M at 232nm for the delta (4,5) hexuronate product.

K5 Heparan Lyase catalyses the eliminative scission of the glycosidic linkage between N-acetylated glucosamine (GlcNAc) and glucuronic acid (GlcA). N-sulfation of the glucosamine residue blocks the activity of the enzyme.


This enzyme was first identified in the tail region of the bacteriophage K5. It plays an important role in phage infectivity by degrading the capsular polysaccharide coat of its host E. coli K5. This polysaccharide coat is a glycosaminoglycan consisting of GlcNAc 1-4 GlcA 1-4 disaccharide repeat units, a structure that is identical to the non-sulfated domains (NAc domains) of heparan sulfate (HS); these domains can extend for up 10-12 disaccharide units in length.
K5 Heparan Lyase scissions HS only in the NAc domains. This unique substrate specificity of the enzyme can be exploited for the excision of the entire sulphated regions of HS (S-domains and transition (T)-zones, see figure 1 and 2). The sulphated regions of HS are areas of intense biological activity but investigations of their specific properties have been hampered by the lack of a suitable method of isolation. K5 Heparan Lyase meets this need and it should find many applications in structure-function studies of HS.
The strict substrate specificity of K5 Heparan Lyase distinguishes it from heparinase III (heparitinase) which acts on HS in both the NAc domains and in T-zones. S-domains are the only sections of the GAG chain that resist heparinase III.


In common with the bacterial heparinases, K5 Heparan Lyase generates a C4-C5 double bond in the uronic acid at the site of cleavage which absorbs strongly at 232nm. This can be used to monitor progress of degradation of heparan sulfate, and of K5 polysaccharide, the latter being the natural substrate for the enzyme.
K5 Lyase generated oligosaccharides separated on a
Superdex Peptide column; substrate K5 Polysaccharide

Fig 1 Cell Surface Heparan Sulfate: domain structure and cleavage sites for K5 Heparan Lyase


Heparan sulfate is attached to transmembrane or glycolipid-anchored membrane proteins (syndecans and glypicans respectively). The N- and O-sulfated disaccharides are grouped together in a series of domains or clusters in which two sub-regions can be identified. The most highly sulfated sections of the HS chains are the heparin-like S-domains that are flanked by sequences of intermediate sulfation called transition zones (T-zones). The sulphated regions of HS are separated by non-sulfated domains composed of N-acetylated disaccharides (NAc domains). The molecular structures of the domains in heparan sulphate are shown below:

The NAc domains (non-sulfated) are sensitive to scission by
K5 Heparan Lyase. Enzyme activity is restricted to these sites and leads to the excision of entire sulfated regions (i.e. S-domains plus T-zones).

K5 heparan lyase can efficiently remove heparan sulfate from proteoglycans because an NAc domain is present in close proximity to proteoglycan core proteins. The enzyme creates an unsaturated epitope in the stub region of heparan sulfate that remains attached to enzyme treated proteoglycans. The 3G10 antibody, which recognises this epitope, can be used in conjunction with FACS analysis to monitor loss of HS chains from cell surfaces.