Dextransplitting anaerobic bacteria from the human intestine.

  title={Dextransplitting anaerobic bacteria from the human intestine.},
  author={Edward J. Hehre and Theodore W. Sery},
  journal={Journal of bacteriology},
  volume={63 3},
Increasing use of the bacterial polysaccharide dextran as a plasma substitute in man has stimulated the search for enzyme systems in the body capable of causing dextran degradation. Up to the present no report of such a system in the tissues has appeared, but Engstrand and Aberg (Lancet, 1, 1071, 1950) state that dextran is broken down on incubation with feces. We have confirmed this observation and have identified the active agent as an enzyme elaborated by certain gram negative intestinal… CONTINUE READING

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