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Methods Mol Biol. 2014;1147:203-13. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-0467-9_14.

Biofilm matrix-degrading enzymes.

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Department of Biology, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20016, USA, kaplanjb@american.edu.

Abstract

Polymeric substances such as proteins, polysaccharides, and DNA constitute a major component of the biofilm matrix. Enzymes that depolymerize and degrade these components are useful tools for investigating the composition and function of the biofilm matrix. This chapter provides a brief overview of the most commonly used biofilm matrix-degrading enzymes and presents examples of their applications in biofilm research.

PMID:
24664835
DOI:
10.1007/978-1-4939-0467-9_14
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