A glucosyltransferase that builds poly(α-1,6-d-glucosyl), that is, polyglucoses, dextrans, or α-glucans, from sucrose, releasing d-fructose residues.
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A rapid screening procedure; strains produce the high proportion of alternansucrase to dextransucrase and of alternan to dextran either fermentatively by cultivation on sucrose, or enzymatically by using the alternansucrase that results from this invention.