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Novel Keratinase from Bacillus subtilis S14 Exhibiting Remarkable Dehairing Capabilities

Authors
  • Alexandre J. Macedo
  • Walter O. Beys da Silva
  • Renata Gava
  • David Driemeier
  • João Antonio Pêgas Henriques
  • Carlos Termignoni
Publisher
American Society for Microbiology
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2005
Source
PMC
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Biology
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Abstract

We report the isolation of a keratinolytic-producing Bacillus subtilis strain and the characterization of the exceptional dehairing properties of its subtilisin-like keratinase. This enzyme can be an alternative to sodium sulfide, the major pollutant from tanneries, and may completely replace it. Its unique nonactivity upon collagen enhances its industrial potential.

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