Agent Name

Lysozyme

CAS Number

9001-63-2

Formula

Unspecified

Major Category

Biological Agents

Synonyms

Globulin G; Globulin G1; Lysozyme G; Mucopeptide glucohydrolase; Muramidase; N,O-Diacetylmuramidase; [ChemIDplus] N-Acetylmuramide glycanohydrolase; N-Acetylmuramyl hydrolase; [Merck Index]

Category

Enzymes

Description

White crystalline powder; Odorless; [Aldon MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Enzyme found in animals, in some molds, and in the latex of different plants; Used as a mucolytic enzyme and antiviral; [Merck Index] Used in the form of the hydrochloride in cheese production; [JECFA]

Comments

"In studies related to allergenic effects, the reactions produced by egg-white lysozyme in animals and humans were less than those seen with other proteins, e.g., ovalbumin and albumin, which have a long history of use as food components." [JECFA] May cause irritation and allergic skin reactions; [Aldon MSDS] See "ENZYMES."

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