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an enzyme capable of catalyzing the digestion of elastic tissue.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
A serine proteinase hydrolyzing elastin; other elastase-like enzymes have been identified, for example, pancreatic elastase (pancreatopeptidase E) and leukocyte elastase (lysosomal or neutrophil elastase), with different sequences and kinetic parameters; all have fairly broad specificities.
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Any of a class of enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of elastin, especially one that is found in pancreatic juice.
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elastase(1) Pancreatic elastase, EC 126.96.36.199.
(2) Leukocyte elastase, EC 188.8.131.52.
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A serine proteinase hydrolyzing elastin.
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