Williamson, W. T. (North Carolina State of the University of North Carolina, Raleigh), S. B. Tove, and M. L. Speck. Extracellular proteinase of Streptococcus lactis. J. Bacteriol. 87:49-53. 1964.-Streptococcus lactis was shown to produce an extracellular proteolytic enzyme(s). A 120-fold purification of the proteinase was obtained from the cell-free culture medium by ammonium sulfate fractionation, calcium phosphate gel treatment, and chromatography on diethylaminoethyl cellulose. Only 32% of the activity was destroyed by heating at 98 C for 1 hr. The requirement of free sulfhydryl groups for enzyme activity was indicated by inhibition with p-chloromercuric benzoate. Diisopropyl fluorophosphate did not inhibit the proteinase.