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Related to subtilisin: trypsin
A proteinase produced by Bacillus subtilis and other species, similar to the serine proteinases of other molds and bacteria; it catalyzes the hydrolysis of a few specific peptide bonds in certain proteins, converting chymotrypsinogen to chymotrypsin and ovalbumin to plakalbumin in this manner, and cleaves pancreatic ribonuclease into S-peptide and S-protein.
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Any of several extracellular enzymes produced by bacteria of the genus Bacillus that catalyze the breakdown of proteins into polypeptides and are widely used in detergents and cleaning products.
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