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Evaluation of Dextranase Production by the Cariogenic Bacterium Streptococcus mutans

By Robert H. Staat and Charles F. Schachtele


A recently developed blue dextran-agar assay was utilized to detect dextranase production by a large number of strains of Streptococcus mutans. An extract obtained from S. mutans strain B2 hydrolyzed high-molecular-weight radioactive dextran to oligosaccharides. There are several possible roles for this enzyme activity in the metabolism of S. mutans dextrans

Topics: Pathogenic Mechanisms, Ecology, and Epidemiology
Year: 1974
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