Russian Journal of Bioorganic Chemistry

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 101–111

Brachyurins, Serine Collagenolytic Enzymes from Crabs

  • G. N. Rudenskaya

DOI: 10.1023/A:1023248113184

Cite this article as:
Rudenskaya, G.N. Russian Journal of Bioorganic Chemistry (2003) 29: 101. doi:10.1023/A:1023248113184


The properties of brachyurins, proteolytic enzymes belonging to a new subfamily of chymotrypsin-like proteases, are considered. These enzymes, found in various species of crustacean, exhibit mixed substrate specificity and a marked collagenolytic activity. The enzymatic and physicochemical properties of brachyurins I and their primary and spatial structures are discussed in detail. A separate chapter is devoted to the preparations of collagenases from the hepatopancreas of king crab: their action on the damaged skin and use in medicine.

brachyurinscollagenolytic enzymes from crabsmedicinal useproperties

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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. N. Rudenskaya
    • 1
  1. 1.Chemical FacultyMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia