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The bactericidal effect of N-acetyl-beta-D-glucosaminidase on bacteria.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Veterinary Microbiology
0378-1135
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
32
Issue
1
Pages
75–80
Identifiers
PMID: 1514239
Source
Medline
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Unknown

Abstract

The bactericidal activity of N-acetyl-beta-D-glucosaminidase (NAGase) on some of the potential bacterial pathogens of the cow was determined. NAGase treatment significantly decreased the mean log10 number of Actinomyces pyogenes (P less than 0.01) and Staphylococcus aureus (P less than 0.05) after 2 and 4 hours of incubation at 37 degrees C. Similarly NAGase treatment significantly (P less than 0.05) reduced the mean log10 number of Streptococcus agalactiae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa after 4 hours incubation at 37 degrees C. NAGase did not reduce the numbers of Escherichia coli or Enterobacter aerogenes after either 2 or 4 hours incubation. Since NAGase and presumably other lysosomal enzymes are free on normal mucosal surfaces such as the uterus it is suggested that this direct bactericidal activity may be an important component of the normal defense mechanisms.

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