autolysin


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au·tol·y·sin

 (ô-tŏl′ĭ-sĭn, ô′tə-lī′sĭn)
n.
An enzyme that breaks down the cells or tissues within which it is produced.

autolysin

(ˌɔːtəˈlaɪsɪn; ɔːˈtɒlɪ-)
n
(Biochemistry) any agent that produces autolysis

au•to•ly•sin

(ˌɔt lˈaɪ sɪn, ɔˈtɒl ə-)

n.
any agent producing autolysis.
[1960–65]
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Indeed, almost all antibiotics indirectly trigger this autolysin response.
This assay utilized the autolysin gene and was evaluated using only a small number of culture-negative clinical samples.
pneumoniae PCR targeting the autolysin gene (lytA) was performed by using a TaqMan probe and primers as described by McAvin et al.