Reaction: Endohydrolysis of β-(1→4)-linkages between D-glucosamine residues in a partly acetylated chitosan
Systematic name: chitosan N-acetylglucosaminohydrolase
Comments: A whole spectrum of chitosanases are now known (for more details, see http://rbrzezinski.recherche.usherbrooke.ca/). They can hydrolyse various types of links in chitosan. The only constant property is the endohydrolysis of GlcN-GlcN links, which is common to all known chitosanases. One known chitosanase is limited to this link recognition , while the majority can also recognize GlcN-GlcNAc links or GlcNAc-GlcN links but not both. They also do not recognize GlcNAc-GlcNAc links in partly acetylated chitosan.
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 51570-20-8
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