The comeback of hirudin--an old-established anticoagulant agent.

Early studies dating back to 1884 revealed that extracts from medicinal leeches contain a substance which is able to prevent blood from clotting. Since our successful isolation of hirudin, the pure anticoagulant substance, in the late 1950s and its characterization as a selective thrombin inhibitor with polypeptide structure, hirudin preparations have been… CONTINUE READING