Lysozyme Activity

Lysozyme activity has been demonstrated to be effective in attacking the cell wall polysaccharide of different bacterial species, leading to a break down of the cell wall and killing of the micro-organisms. Lysozyme is most effective in hydrolyzing a tetrasaccharide found most often in Gram-positive bacteria. The cell wall of bacteria, in particular those of the gram-positive bacteria, consists of overlapping layers of peptoglycans, specifically glucosamine (green) and muramic acids (pink).

Lysozyme Animation

Lysozyme is an n-acetylmuramidase, in that it intervenes by breaking the glycosidic bond between n-acetylmuramic acid and n-acetylglucosamine. The four disulfide bridges among the eight cysteine residues are essential for Lysozyme’s strong lytic action.

Extensive studies over the years, many sponsored or supported by FORDRAS and its’ affiliates, have demonstrated that Lysozyme is effective against a series of microorganisms, such as:

A Clostridia
B Lactic Acid bacteria
C Listeria
D Streptococcus thermophilus
E Clostridium tyrobutyricum