Keratinase

(rINN)

Chemical information

Queratinasa.
CAS — 9025-41-6.

Profile

Keratinase is a proteolytic enzyme that has been obtained from cultures of Streptomyces fradiae. It can digest keratin, which is resistant to most proteolytic enzymes, in the presence of trace amounts of metal ions. It is used in the commercial separation of hair from animal hides, and has been tried as a depilatory; it has also been included in some topical antibacterial ointments, presumably to aid penetration of the active substances.
Published May 08, 2019.