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  • n. An enzyme found especially in pancreatic juice that catalyzes the hydrolysis of elastin.

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  • n. An endopeptidase enzyme involved in the breakdown of elastin.

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  • n. a pancreatic enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of elastin


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  • ATT is produced by the liver and its job it to prevent an enzyme found in the lungs, called elastase, which breaks down the elastic fibers, called elastin, that make up the airways and the alveolar walls.

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  • P. aeruginosa with important contributions from individual virulence factors such as elastase and alginate [6].

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  • Neutrophils from healthy volunteers were incubated with DFP (2.5 mM), and neutrophil elastase (NE) activity; hypodiploid DNA formation; caspases-3 and -8 processing and activity; exteriorization of phosphatidylserine (PS); oxidative burst activity and hydrogen peroxide release were measured.

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  • Sugawara S, Tada H, Takada H, Shimauchi H, et al. (2000) Cleavage of CD14 on human gingival fibroblasts cocultured with activated neutrophils is mediated by human leukocyte elastase resulting in down-regulation of lipopolysaccharide-induced IL-8 production.

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  • Isolates were characterized with regard to QS signal molecules, alginate, rhamnolipid and elastase production and mutant frequency.

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  • The supernatant was either dialyzed against sterile water (for elastase activity) or sterile filtered using 0.2 µm pore filters (16543; Sartorius), frozen and kept for further analysis.

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  • The concomitant development of QS malfunction significantly correlated with the reduced production of rhamnolipids and elastase and with the occurrence of mutations in the regulatory genes lasR and rhlR.

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  • From each plate (representing an isolate) one colony was selected and grown as a overnight culture in either ox-broth (for elastase activity) or AB trace minimal medium containing 3 mM glucose (32) at 37°C with shaking (rhamnolipid and signal molecules production).

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  • Cryz SJ, Iglewski BH (1980) Isolation and characterization of Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO mutant that produces altered elastase.

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  • The dynamics of the functionality of QS systems in the clinical strains were correlated to rhamnolipids and elastase production as well as to the mutational frequencies of the isolates.

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