chondroitin sulfatesmedical dictionary


Derivatives of chondroitin which have a sulfate moiety esterified to the galactosamine moiety of chondroitin. Chondroitin sulfate a, or chondroitin 4-sulfate, and chondroitin sulfate c, or chondroitin 6-sulfate, have the sulfate esterified in the 4- and 6-positions, respectively. Chondroitin sulfate b (beta heparin; dermatan sulfate) is a misnomer and this compound is not a true chondroitin sulfate.

Chemical name: Chondroitin, hydrogen sulfate

(12 Dec 1998)