from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of collagen and gelatin.

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  • n. An enzyme that breaks the peptide bonds in collagen.

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  • n. any enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of collagen and gelatin


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  • This treatment, an enzyme called collagenase, and sold under the trade name Xiaflex, is injected into the hands where Dupuytren's has formed. Orthopedics

  • Nature accomplished this purpose superbly which is why no other enzyme (of the many thousands in the body) but a "collagenase" or collagen can break it into its component parts.

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  • The proteolytic enzymes and proteases such as collagenase and cathepsins are necessary for this purpose, and thus play crucial roles in multiple steps of cancer growth and metastasis

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  • The temperature of local joints affects levels of destructive enzymes such as collagenase, elastase, hyaluronidase, and protease.

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  • Bullard KM, Cass DL, Banda MJ, Adzick NS: TGF-beta1 decreases collagenase in healing human fetal skin.

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  • She stated that Retin A was able to "boost collagen production and reduce production of collagenase, an enzyme that breaks down collagen."

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  • Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are enzymes (one of which is collagenase) that break down and eliminate old or damaged proteins such as collagen and GAGs.

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  • Dagum says cellulite can be reduced by injecting infected areas with collagenase, an enzyme that digests collagen.

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  • After months of trying several means of disrupting adipose tissue, I discovered that collagenase (actually an impure preparation containing many proteases) rapidly digested the tissue matrix, releasing the fat cells.

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  • Auxilium markets XIAFLEX® (collagenase clostridium histolyticum) for the treatment of adult Dupuytren's contracture patients with a palpable cord and Testim® 1%, a testosterone gel, for the topical treatment of hypogonadism in the U.S. Pfizer has marketing rights for XIAPEX® (the EU tradename for collagenase clostridium histolyticum) in


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