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C7926 Sigma-Aldrich

Collagenase from Clostridium histolyticum

Sigma Blend Type F, ≥2.0 FALGPA units/mg solid

Synonym: Clostridiopeptidase A




Collagenase from Clostridium histolyticum has been used in determining the degradation rate of collagen biomaterials. It may also be used to determine the enzymatic degradation and enzymatic resistance by the liberated L-leucine measurements.

Collagenase from Clostridium histolyticum, or Clostridiopeptidase A, has been used in a study to assess contact dermatitis with clostridiopeptidase A contained in Noruxol ointment. Clostridiopeptidase A has also been used in a study to investigate the early and successful enzymatıc debridement via collagenase application to pinna in a preterm neonate.

The enzyme has been used in the isolation of mast cells from adult mice. This study generated a large number of connective tissue-type mast cells by the culture of murine fetal skin cells. The product has also been used in the in vitro biodegradation study of Bombyx mori silk fibroin fibers and films, by exposing them to the enzyme for varied time periods.


1, 5 g in glass bottle

100, 500 mg in glass bottle

25 mg in poly bottle

Biochem/physiol Actions

Effective release of cells from tissue requires the action of collagenase enzymes and the neutral protease. Collagenase is activated by four gram atom calcium (Ca2+) per mole enzyme. The culture filtrate is thought to contain at least 7 different proteases ranging in molecular weight from 68-130 kDa. The pH optimum is 6.3-8.8. The enzyme is typically used to digest the connective components in tissue samples to liberate individual cells. Ethylene glycol-bis(β-aminoethyl ether)-N,N,N′,N′-tetraacetic acid (EGTA)4; β-mercaptoethanol; glutathione, reduced; thioglycolic acid, sodium; and 2,2′-dipyridyl; 8-hydroxyquinoline are known to inhibit the enzyme activity.

Collagenase is activated by four gram atom calcium per mole enzyme. It is inhibited by ethylene glycol-bis(beta-aminoethyl ether) - N, N, N′,N′-tetraacetic acid, beta-mercaptoethanol, glutathione, thioglycolic acid and 8-hydroxyquinoline.

Unit Definition

One collagen digestion unit (CDU) liberates peptides from collagen from bovine achilles tendon equivalent in ninhydrin color to 1.0 μmole of leucine in 5 hours at pH 7.4 at 37 °C in the presence of calcium ions. One FALGPA hydrolysis unit hydrolyzes 1.0 μmole of furylacryloyl-Leu-Gly-Pro-Ala per min at 25°C. One Neutral Protease unit hydrolyzes casein to produce color equivalent to 1.0 μmole of tyrosine per 5 hr at pH 7.5 at 37°C. One Clostripain Unit hydrolyzes 1.0 μmole of BAEE per min at pH 7.6 at 25°C in the presence of DTT.

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Protocols & Articles


Collagenase Tissue Digestion/Dissocation Trouble Shooting and References

* The separately prepared collagenase and protease enzymes in our blend products (Cat. No. C7926, C8051 or C8176) give reproducible control of how much of each is used.
BioFiles 2006, 1.2, 6.
Keywords: Adhesion, Apoptosis, Buffers, Cell biology, Digestions


Enzymatic Assay of Collagenase

The continuous spectrophotometric rate determination (A345, Light path = 1 cm) is based on the following reaction:
Keywords: Extinction coefficient

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