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Dextransucrase V and the Role of Metal Ions in Enzyme Catalysis

Naturevolume 191pages385386 (1961) | Download Citation



DEXTRANSUCRASE is a representative member of the general class of enzymes known as transglycosidases. In this particular example, the glucosyl group from sucrose is transferred to a suitable acceptor, which causes chain initiation, and dextran is formed. Polymer-formation is governed by many factors such as the nature of the acceptor molecule, pH and temperature1.

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