An overview on therapeutic potential and various applications of microbial collagenases

Wamik Azmi, Shikha Chauhan, Manisha Gautam


Collagen is the most widely distributed class of proteins in the human body. Monomers of collagen are constantly being synthesized and degraded throughout the development of a healthy individual to adulthood. The collagenase subfamily found in human matrix (metalloproteinases), are capable of hydrolyzing native collagen under physiological conditions. Collagenases are produced by specific cells involved in repairs and remodelling processes and plays important role in connective tissue metabolism. Present article focus on the major sources, properties and therapeutic aspects of microbial collagenases in their relation with various diseases and its applications in medical and food industry. Collagenolytic enzymes are highly specific for collagen and have been the focus of much practical interest with respect to cosmetic, medical and food based applications. The most common uses of these enzymes appear to be in medicine as they have been used to treat burns and ulcers, to eliminate scar tissue and play an important role in the successful transplantation of specific organs.

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