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lyophilized powder

Multilytic Enzyme Mix


lyophilized powder

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shipped in

wet ice

storage temp.


General description

Metagenomics analysis looks at all DNA that has been isolated directly from given single samples (e.g. environmental samples, biological organisms). Metagenomics allows for the investigation of microbes that exist in any environment (including extreme environments), and which have been historically difficult to isolate, culture, and study. Metagenomics has revealed the existence of novel microbial species. Applications of metagenomic studies include public health data analysis, discovery of novel proteins, enzymes and natural products, environmental studies, and agricultural investigations.


MetaPolyzyme is a mixture of 6 enzymes that is intended for isolation of total DNA for metagenomics studies. Adapted from an initial formulation devised by S. Tighe,2 MetaPolyzyme was evaluated and developed in consultation and collaboration with the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) Metagenomics and Microbiome Research Group (MMRG). Test data on the use of MetaPolyzyme is accessible at the 2017 ABRF MGRG Poster.

Biochem/physiol Actions

Microbes can be difficult to disrupt because the cell walls may form capsules or resistant spores. DNA can be extracted by using lysing enzymes (such as lyticase or chitinase) to induce partial spheroplast formation. Spheroplasts are subsequently lysed to release DNA. MetaPolyzyme is intended for use in metagenomic studies, such as study of microbes and microbiomes of extreme and unique environments. MetaPolyzyme is intended for digestion of microbes for evaluation by whole genome shotgun sequencing for metagenomics and metatranscriptomic approaches.


The enzymes in MetaPolyzme are:
  • Achromopeptidase
  • Chitinase
  • Lyticase
  • Lysostaphin
  • Lysozyme
  • Mutanolysin


Health hazard




Hazard Classifications

Resp. Sens. 1

Storage Class Code

11 - Combustible Solids

WGK Germany


Flash Point F

Not applicable

Flash Point C

Not applicable

Certificate of Analysis

Certificate of Origin

Scott Tighe et al.
Journal of biomolecular techniques : JBT, 28(1), 31-39 (2017-03-25)
The Extreme Microbiome Project (XMP) is a project launched by the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities Metagenomics Research Group (ABRF MGRG) that focuses on whole genome shotgun sequencing of extreme and unique environments using a wide variety of biomolecular techniques....
Nezar Noor Al-Hebshi et al.
Journal of oral microbiology, 11(1), 1557986-1557986 (2019-01-24)
Studies of the microbiome associated with dental caries have largely relied on 16S rRNA sequence analysis, which is associated with PCR biases, low taxonomic resolution, and inability to accurately study functions. Here, we employed whole metagenome shotgun sequencing, coupled with...
Cartography of Opportunistic Pathogens and Antibiotic Resistance Genes in a Tertiary Hospital Environment.
Chng KR et al.
Nature Medicine, 26(6), 941-951 (2020)
Erratum to: The Metagenomics and Metadesign of the Subways and Urban Biomes (MetaSUB) International Consortium Inaugural Meeting Report.
Microbiome, 4(1), 45-45 (2016-08-20)
Steve Hamner et al.
International journal of environmental research and public health, 16(7), 1097-1097 (2019-04-03)
The Little Bighorn River is the primary source of water for water treatment plants serving the local Crow Agency population, and has special significance in the spiritual and ceremonial life of the Crow tribe. Unfortunately, the watershed suffers from impaired...

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