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The β-D-Fucosidase Activity of Mammalian Tissues and its Relation to other Glycosidases

Naturevolume 187page1027 (1960) | Download Citation



AN earlier communication1 described the occurrence of the enzyme α-L-fucosidase in mammalian tissues. These tissues have now been surveyed for β-D- and β-L-fucosidase activity, using the appropriate p-nitrophenyl fucosides as substrates. The β-D-fucoside was hydrolysed by all the mammalian tissues that were studied, and also by an extract from the limpet, Patella vulgata, but no β-L-fucosidase activity was detected anywhere.

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  1. Rowett Research Institute, Bucksburn, Aberdeen

    • G. A. LEVVY


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