heparin metabolic process

id: GO:0030202
name: heparin metabolic process
namespace: biological_process
type: go
obsolete: False

Description: The chemical reactions and pathways involving heparin, any member of a group of glycosaminoglycans found mainly as an intracellular component of mast cells. They are similar to heparan sulfates but are of somewhat higher average Mr (6000-20000) and contain fewer N-acetyl groups and more N-sulfate and O-sulfate groups; they may be attached in the same manner to protein, forming proteoglycans. They consist predominantly of alternating alpha-(1->4)-linked D-galactose and N-acetyl-D-glucosamine-6-sulfate residues.

Child Functions

GO:0030210heparin biosynthetic process
GO:0030211heparin catabolic process

Parent Functions

GO:0006790sulfur compound metabolic process
GO:0030203glycosaminoglycan metabolic process