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Any of several extracellular enzymes produced by bacteria of the genus Bacillus that catalyze the breakdown of proteins into polypeptides and are widely used in detergents and cleaning products.

[New Latin (Bacillus) subtīlis, bacterial species to which were assigned the bacteria from which a subitilisin was first isolated (now known to be B. amyloliquefaciens); see subtilin + -in.]


any of various protease enzymes originally derived from Bacillus subtilis
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They implanted each gene version into a host bacterium, cultured the critters, and compared the subtilisins excreted by the bacterial colonies.
In nature, subtilisin breaks apart the chains of amino acids that make up certain proteins.
They ended up with a subtilisin that was 256 times more active in DMF than the original enzyme.