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Enzyme (β-galactosidase)

Also Known As : Beta-gal, β-gal


Usage Tips

  1. It can be used in removal of lactose from milk for lactose-intolerant people. It can be used in production of galactosylated products.


Beta galactosidase, commonly known as lactase, is an enzyme responsible to hydrolyze lactose. It catalyses the hydrolysis of  β-galactosidase into monosaccharide through the breaking of a glycosidic bond. It is basically a tetramer of four identical polypeptide chains with each chain consisting of 1023 amino acids. Over the years, the enzyme β-galactosidase has been isolated from various sources such as bacteria like bifidobacterium, fungi- Kluyveromyces lactis, Kluyveromyces fragilis , yeast- Kluyveromyceslactis, vegetables, and some recombinant sources.

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