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. 1989 Mar;105(3):484-9.
doi: 10.1093/oxfordjournals.jbchem.a122691.

Purification and Characterization of Chitinase Produced by Streptomyces Erythraeus

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Purification and Characterization of Chitinase Produced by Streptomyces Erythraeus

S Hara et al. J Biochem. .
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Abstract

A chitinase was purified from the culture filtrate of Streptomyces erythraeus (SE). The enzyme (SE chitinase) has a molecular weight of 30,000 and pI 3.7, and shows optimal activity at pH 5.0 with an optimal ionic strength of less than 0.2 M NaCl. SE chitinase could hydrolyze chitin and its derivatives, but could not hydrolyze cell walls of Micrococcus lysodeikticus. The substrate specificity of SE chitinase was compared with those of hen egg white (HEW) and SE lysozymes. The binding mode of the chitinase to substrates was investigated using chitooligosaccharides and their derivatives. The results showed that the binding mode of SE chitinase to the substrate is similar to that of HEW and SE lysozymes.

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