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Chondroitinase ABC from Proteus vulgaris

BSA free, lyophilized powder, 50-250 units/mg protein (using chondroitin sulfate C as substrate)

Synonym: Chondroitin ABC Lyase



Other Notes

Contains potassium phosphate buffer salts and stabilizer

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5, 10 units in glass bottle

Packages based on chondroitinase C activity.

Preparation Note

Affinity purified

Unit Definition

One unit will liberate 1.0 μmole of 2-acetamido-2-deoxy-3-O-(β-D-gluc-4-ene-pyranosyluronic acid)-4-O-sulfo-D-galactose from chondroitin sulfate A or 1.0 μmole of 2-acetamido-2-deoxy-3-O-(β-D-gluc-4-ene-pyranosyluronic acid)-6-O-sulfo-D-galactose from chondroitin sulfate C per min at pH 8.0 at 37 °C.


The enzyme has been used to study the consequences of inducing acute, long-lasting changes in chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans using adult rat brain cells. Glycosaminoglycans have been digested with chondroitinase ABC for chondroitin/dermatan sulfate quantitation in keratocyte cell cultures obtained from fresh bovine corneal stromae.

Biochem/physiol Actions

Chondroitinase ABC catalyzes the eliminative degradation of polysaccharides containing (1-4)-β-D-hexosaminyl and (1-3)-β-D-glucuronosyl or (1-3)-α-L-iduronosyl linkages to disaccharides containing 4-deoxy-β-D-gluc-4-enuronosyl groups. It acts on chondroitin 4-sulfate, chondroitin 6-sulfate, and dermatan sulfate, and acts slowly on hyaluronate. The molecular weight is found to be approximately 120 kDa with 2 non-identical subunits of molecular masses 86 kDa and 32 kDa. The pH optimum is found to be 8.0 with chondroitin sulfate and 6.8 with hyaluronic acid and temperature optimum is 37 °C. 1 mM Zn2+ acts as an inhibitor, while 0.05 M acetate is an activator of the enzyme.

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Amplified Detection

Biomedical Applications
Safety & Documentation

Safety Information

NONH for all modes of transport
WGK Germany 
Protocols & Articles


Chondroitinase for Neural Regeneration Research

The spinal cord is the information highway system for the brain. And axons are the road that allows information data to be transferred. So, when a traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) occurs and axons ...
Keywords: Catalysis, Cell culture, Degradations, High performance liquid chromatography, Immunofluorescence, PAGE

Glycosaminoglycan Sulfation and Signaling

Glycosaminoglycans are large linear polysaccharides constructed of repeating disaccharide units. The disaccharide units that are the basis of all glycosaminoglycans (except keratan) are a combination...
Vicki Caligur
BioFiles 2008, 3.10, 4.
Keywords: Adhesion, Aminations, Angiogenesis, Anticoagulants, Apoptosis, Atomic absorption spectroscopy, Cancer, Cell biology, Cell proliferation, Cell signaling, Cellular processes, Central Nervous System, Chromatography, Coagulation, Degradations, Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, Epimerizations, Gene expression, Genetic, Genomics, Growth factors, Help, High performance liquid chromatography, Inflammation, Ion-exchange chromatography, Ligands, Mass spectrometry, Methods, Microarray Analysis, Morphogenesis, Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Phosphorylations, Polymerase chain reaction, Polymerization reactions, Proteomics, Reductive aminations, Sequences, Spectroscopy, Sulfations, Transcription, Type, transformation

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