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Dextran sulfate sodium is used to study colitis (inflammatory bowel disease) as well as an antiviral agent. It functions as a nonsurfactant, suspending agent with gel forming and viscosity controlling properties. It can be used in gels and moisturizers. It is widely used for laboratory applications including use in preparing a precipitating reagent for the determination of HDL Cholesterol..
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Ren, K.; Yuan, H.; Zhang, Y.; Wei, X.; Wang, D. Macromolecular glucocorticoid prodrug improves the treatment of dextran sulfate sodium-induced mice ulcerative colitis. J. Clin. Immunol 2015, 160 (1), 71-81.
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