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L2524 Sigma

Lyticase from Arthrobacter luteus

lyophilized powder, ≥2,000 units/mg protein, Protein ≥20 % by biuret



Biochem/physiol Actions

Lyticase hydrolyzes poly-β(1→3)-glucose such as yeast cell wall glucan.

Other Notes

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10000, 25000 units in glass bottle

50000, 200000 units in poly bottle

Unit Definition

One unit will produce a ΔA800 of 0.001 per min at pH 7.5 at 25 °C, using a suspension of yeast as substrate in a 3 mL reaction mixture.

Physical form

Partially purified, lyophilized powder containing potassium phosphate buffer salts and stabilizers


Yeast cells are difficult to disrupt because the cell walls may form capsules or resistant spores. DNA can be extracted from yeast by using lysing enzymes such as lyticase, chitinase, zymolase, and gluculase to induce partial spheroplast formation; spheroplasts are subsequently lysed to release DNA. Lyticase is preferred to digest cell walls of yeast and generate spheroplasts from fungi for transformation.
Reported to be useful for lysis of Ashbya, Candida, Debaryomyces, Eremothecium, Endomyces, Hansenula, Hanseniaspora, Kloeckera, Kluyveromyces, Lipomyces, Metschikowia, Pichia, Pullularia, Torulopsis, Saccharomyces, Saccharomycopsis, Saccharomycodes, and Schwanniomyces species.

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Biomedical Applications

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Safety & Documentation

Safety Information

GHS08  GHS08
Signal word 
Hazard statements 
Precautionary statements 
NONH for all modes of transport
WGK Germany 


Certificate of Analysis

Certificate of Origin

Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I solubilize Product L2524, Lyticase?
The quality control enzymatic assay protocol for Lyticase uses cold deionized water to make a solution at 500 units/mL.
How can I store Product L2524, Lyticase, once reconstituted?
When lyticase is reconstituted and stored, it may be stable for no more than 4-6 hours before serious loss of activity is observed. It is suggested that fresh solutions be prepared for use.
How can Product L2524, Lyticase, be used to make yeast spheroplasts?
The use of lyticase in combination with chitinase and glucuronidase in the preparation of spheroplasts from C. albicans has been described in the following reference:  Calvert, C.M., and Sanders, D., "Inositol Trisphosphate-dependent and -independent Ca2+ Mobilization Pathways at the Vacuolar Membrane of Candida albicans."  J. Biol. Chem.  270, 7272-7280 (1995).
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Protocols & Articles


Enzymatic Assay of Lyticase

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