Protein of The Month

 

October: Benzonase Nuclease
Origin: The enzyme was isolated from the bacterium Serratia marcescens and then genetically engineered. This is an example of how useful properties can be extracted even from a source that is typically a pathogen.
Action: Benzonase nuclease can be used to degrade all forms of DNA and RNA while having no proteolytic activity. It also reduces viscosity in protein extracts and prevents cell clumping.
How: Enzymatic activity is often evaluated and tested on salmon sperm DNA.
Did you know? Benzonase is one of the few nucleases that hydrolyzes all forms of DNA and RNA.
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