Definitions

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  • noun biochemistry Any enzyme that hydrolyzes chitin.

Etymologies

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chitin +‎ -ase

Examples

  • Yale University scientists found high levels of an enzyme called chitinase, produced by the immune system, soar in mice with asthma-like disease.

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  • Scientists found that levels of an enzyme called chitinase soar in mice bred to have an asthma-like disease.

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  • Studies of lung tissue from humans with asthma also revealed high levels of chitinase.

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  • For example, two trehalase genes, two chitin synthase genes, and 13 to 16 chitinase-related genes have been identified thus far in insects

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  • The chitinase genes in Tribolium castaneum differ in their expression patterns during development and in different tissues, and genes in different groups have different functions

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  • The stuff is fireproof, stronger than wood, and lighter, but ultimately biodegrades (in the presence of bacteria with chitinase, I guess).

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  • Zhu QS, Arakane Y, Beeman RW, Kramer KJ, Muthukrishnan S (2008) Functional specialization among insect chitinase family genes revealed by RNA interference.

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  • SecGFP is a secreted form of GFP that is fused to the chitinase signal peptide at its N-terminus and to HDEL, ER-retention signal, at its C-terminus and has been used in analysis of protein trafficking

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  • Zhu Q, Arakane Y, Banerjee D, Beeman RW, Kramer KJ, et al. (2008) Domain organization and phylogenetic analysis of the chitinase-like family of proteins in three species of insects.

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  • T. castaneum, the two chitin synthase genes and chitinase family genes have distinctly different functions

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