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Microbiology

, Volume 73, Issue 4, pp 404–409 | Cite as

The Mechanism of Action of the Extracellular Bacteriolytic Enzymes of Lysobacter sp. on Gram-Positive Bacteria: The Role of the Cell Wall Anionic Polymers of Target Bacteria

  • O. A. Stepnaya
  • E. A. Begunova
  • I. M. Tsfasman
  • E. M. Tul'skaya
  • G. M. Streshinskaya
  • I. B. Naumova
  • I. S. Kulaev
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Abstract

The study of the extracellular bacteriolytic enzymes of Lysobacter sp. showed that they can efficiently hydrolyze the peptidoglycan of gram-positive bacteria provided that there is an electrostatic interaction of these enzymes with the cell wall anionic polymers, teichoic and teichuronic acids in particular. The hydrolytic action of bacteriolytic enzymes on the cell wall largely depends on the negative charge of the teichoic and teichuronic acids rather than on their chemical composition.

lysoamidase bacteriolytic enzymes cell wall peptidoglycan anionic polymers 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • O. A. Stepnaya
  • E. A. Begunova
  • I. M. Tsfasman
  • E. M. Tul'skaya
  • G. M. Streshinskaya
  • I. B. Naumova
  • I. S. Kulaev

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