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


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


(ˌɔt lˈaɪ sɪn, ɔˈtɒl ə-)

any agent producing autolysis.
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Streptococcus pneumoniae was detected by lytA real-time PCR (selective for autolysin gene), and serotyping was performed by a nanofluidic real-time PCR that detects 50 serotypes as individual serotype/serogroup including all vaccine serotypes (6).
Enterococcus faecium biofilm formation: identification of major autolysin AtlAEfm, associated Acm surface localization, and AtlAEfm-independent extracellular DNA Release.
Nowadays efforts are being made to investigate virulence genes coding for pneumolysin (ply) and autolysin (lytA), as these two antigens have been linked up with virulence of S.
A major autolysin of Pseudomonas aeruginosa: subcellular distribution, potential role in cell growth and division, and secretion in surface membrane vesicles.
Characterization of the importance of Staphylococcus epidermidis autolysin and polysaccharide intercellular adhesin in the pathogenesis of intravascular catheter-associated infection in a rat model.
This assay utilized the autolysin gene and was evaluated using only a small number of culture-negative clinical samples.
Their exact mechanism of action is unknown but likely involves effects on the bacterial cell envelope and/or induction of autolysin activity and inhibition of protein synthesis.
Auto, a surface associated autolysin of Listeria monocytogenes required for entry into eukaryotic cells and virulence.
Capsular polysaccharide/adhesin and cell-surface-localized autolysin (atlE) are two of the key proteins that enable the surface attachment of S.