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Dispase® I


Protease from Bacillus polymyxa
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Quality Level


lyophilized solid

specific activity

≥10 unit/mg solid

storage temp.


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Dispase I has been used in a study to assess the effect of amniotic membrane on wound size in the early stages of the healing process. Dispase I has also been used in a study to investigate a dityrosine-based substrate for a protease assay.
Dispase I has been used in lung digestion and processing for flow staining, as well as for CD4 cell isolation in mice. The enzyme has also been used to digest excised wounds and a small amount of surrounding skin for the detection of GFP+ (green fluorescence protein) cells. This study to investigated the effect of differentiation and angiogenesis of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells on wound healing. It has also been used to remove the epidermis during the isolation of dermal fibroblasts from mice.

Biochem/physiol Actions

Dispase I is a rapid, effective, gentle and neutral protease that can separate intact epidermis from the dermis. It can also separate intact epithelial sheets in culture from the substratum. The enzyme preserves the viability of the epithelial cells while cleaving the basement membrane zone region. It can also be used to prevent clumping in suspension cultures. This protease cleaves fibronectin and type IV collagen, but not laminin, type V collagen, serum albumin, or transferrin. It hydrolyzes N-terminal peptide bonds of non-polar amino acid residues. It preferentially attacks denatured and intercellular proteins with exposed hydrophobic amino acid residues. Ca2+, Mg2+, Mn2+, Fe2+, Fe3+ and Al3+ activate the enzyme. EDTA, EGTA, Hg2+ and other heavy metals inhibit the enzyme activity. The enzyme contains 1g-atom of zinc per g-mol of purified enzyme. If this zinc component is removed by chelating agents such as EDTA or EGTA, an inactive apoenzyme is obtained. The enzyme is not inhibited by serum.

Unit Definition

One unit will hydrolyze casein to produce color equivalent to 1.0 μmole (181 μg) of tyrosine per min at pH 7.5 at 37 °C (color by Folin-Ciocalteu reagent), unless otherwise indicated.

Physical form

lyophilized powder containing calcium acetate

Legal Information

Dispase is a registered trademark of Godo Shusei Co., Ltd.


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Hazard Classifications

Eye Irrit. 2 - Resp. Sens. 1 - Skin Irrit. 2 - STOT SE 3

Target Organs

Respiratory system

Storage Class Code

11 - Combustible Solids



Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Certificate of Analysis

Certificate of Origin

  1. Which document(s) contains shelf-life or expiration date information for a given product?

    If available for a given product, the recommended re-test date or the expiration date can be found on the Certificate of Analysis.

  2. How do I get lot-specific information or a Certificate of Analysis?

    The lot specific COA document can be found by entering the lot number above under the "Documents" section.

  3. At what concentration should Product D4818, Dispase, be used?

    To dissociate cells from ECM (extracellular matrix) use at a concentration of 0.6 - 2.4 units/ml.

  4. What is the activity of the Product D4818, Dispase, which I received?

    Each lot will have a specific activity that can be found on our website on the certificate of analysis.

  5. What is the difference between Product D4693, Dispase II  and Product D4818, Dispase I?

    Product D4693 is a lyophilized powder containing calcium acetate and milk sugar as a stabilizer. The activity specification is >0.5 unit/mg solid. Product D4818 does not contain any milk sugar and has an activity specification of >10 units/mg solid.

  6. What is the solubility of Product D4818, Dispase I?

    The enzyme may be reconstituted at 1 mg/ml in 10 mM sodium acetate buffer, pH 7.5 with 5 mM calcium acetate.

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    Transportation information can be found in Section 14 of the product's (M)SDS.To access the shipping information for this material, use the link on the product detail page for the product. 

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Although chronic wounds are common, treatment for these disabling conditions remains limited and largely ineffective. In this study, we examined the benefit of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) in wound healing. Using an excisional wound splinting model, we showed
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Columnar metaplasia of the esophagus is the main risk factor for esophageal adenocarcinoma. There is a lack of evidence to demonstrate that esophageal progenitors can be the source of columnar metaplasia. In this study, using transgenic mouse models, lineage tracing
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