Review of fungal chitinases

Mycopathologia. 2006 Jun;161(6):345-60. doi: 10.1007/s11046-006-0024-y.


Chitin is the second most abundant organic and renewable source in nature, after cellulose. Chitinases are chitin-degrading enzymes. Chitinases have important biophysiological functions and immense potential applications. In recent years, researches on fungal chitinases have made fast progress, especially in molecular levels. Therefore, the present review will focus on recent advances of fungal chitinases, containing their nomenclature and assays, purification and characterization, molecular cloning and expression, family and structure, regulation, and function and application.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chitinases* / classification
  • Chitinases* / isolation & purification
  • Chitinases* / physiology
  • Fungi / enzymology*
  • Fungi / metabolism
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Fungal
  • Genes, Fungal
  • Plants, Genetically Modified
  • Spores, Fungal / growth & development


  • Chitinases