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Lysozyme from chicken egg white

lyophilized powder, protein ≥90 %, ≥40,000 units/mg protein

Mucopeptide N-acetylmuramoylhydrolase, Muramidase
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Quality Level


lyophilized powder

specific activity

≥40,000 units/mg protein

mol wt

single-chain 14.3 kDa


protein, ≥90%

UniProt accession no.

shipped in

wet ice

storage temp.


Gene Information

chicken ... LYZ(396218)

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Lysozyme from chicken egg white has been used for the extraction of genomic DNA from bacterial cells. It has been used as an external standard for MALDI-TOF (matrix assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight) mass analysis.
Enzyme breaks down the cell walls of bacteria; used to prepare spheroplasts.


1, 5, 10, 25, 100 g in poly bottle

Biochem/physiol Actions

Lysozyme hydrolyzes β(1→4) linkages between N-acetylmuramic acid and N-acetyl-D-glucosamine residues in peptidoglycan and between N-acetyl-D-glucosamine residues in chitodextrin. Gram-positive cells are quite susceptible to this hydrolysis as their cell walls have a high proportion of peptidoglycan. Gram-negative bacteria are less susceptible due to the presence of an outer membrane and a lower proportion of peptidoglycan. However, these cells may be hydrolyzed in the presence of EDTA that chelates metal ions in the outer bacterial membrane.

The enzyme is active over a broad pH range (6.0 to 9.0). At pH 6.2, maximal activity is observed over a wider range of ionic strengths (0.02 to 0.100 M) than at pH 9.2 (0.01 to 0.06 M).

Unit Definition

One unit will produce a ΔA450 of 0.001 per min at pH 6.24 at 25 °C, using a suspension of Micrococcus lysodeikticus as substrate, in a 2.6 mL reaction mixture (1 cm light path).


Health hazard

Signal Word


Hazard Statements

Precautionary Statements

Hazard Classifications

Resp. Sens. 1

Storage Class Code

11 - Combustible Solids

WGK Germany


Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US),Eyeshields,Gloves

Certificate of Analysis

Certificate of Origin

  1. How can Product L6876, Lysozyme from chicken egg white, be reconstituted and can stock solutions be prepared?

    For the lysis procedure, use a freshly prepared solution of 500,000 units/ml in 10 mM Tris-HCl, pH 8.0. The product is also soluble in water (10 mg/ml) yielding a clear to slightly hazy colorless solution. Aqueous solutions should be stable for at least one month when stored between 2-8 °C.

  2. Can Product L6876, Lysozyme from chicken egg white, be inactivated by heat?

    Solutions of Lysozyme may be inactivated by boiling for 40 seconds at 100°C at an alkaline pH.

  3. What is the amino acid sequence of Product L6876, Lysozyme from chicken egg white?

    Lysozyme is a single chain polypeptide of 129 amino acids. The amino acid sequence of chicken egg white Lysozyme is described in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, 238, 2698-2707 (1963).

  4. Under what conditions can Product L6876, Lysozyme from chicken egg white, be used to lyse E. coli?

    The following procedure is for the lysis of E. coli. It may be used as a guideline for other species.1. Incubate E. coli (strain ATCC 37017) bearing the pBR322 plasmid overnight in Terrific Broth (Product No. T 0918) with 25 μg/ml tetracycline (Product No T 3383) and 25 μg/ml ampicillin (Product No. A 9518).2. Centrifuge 1-2 ml samples of the overnight culture.3. Resuspend the pellets in 350 μl of STET buffer (10 mM Tris-HCl, pH 8.0, with 0.1 M NaCl, 1 mM EDTA, and 5% [w/v] TRITON® X-100).4. Add 25 μl of a freshly prepared lysozyme solution (500,000 units/ml in 10 mM Tris-HCl, pH 8.0).5. Mix by vortexing for 3 seconds.6. Incubate the lysis mixture for 30 minutes at 37 °C7. After incubation, place the tube containing the lysis mixture in a boiling water bath for exactly 40 seconds.8. Centrifuge the lysis mixture at 14,000 x g.9. Remove the pellet (cell debris) from the tube using a sterile toothpick.10. Plasmid DNA from the supernatant may then be purified and analyzed.

  5. Which document(s) contains shelf-life or expiration date information for a given product?

    If available for a given product, the recommended re-test date or the expiration date can be found on the Certificate of Analysis.

  6. How do I get lot-specific information or a Certificate of Analysis?

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Carbohydrate Analysis

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HPLC Analysis of Proteins by Cation Exchange on Proteomix® WCX-NP5: Affect of pH

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HPLC Analysis of Protein Standards (1) on BIOshell™ A400 Protein C4

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HPLC Analysis of Proteins by Cation Exchange on Proteomix® WCX: Affect of Particle Size

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Enzymatic Assay of Lysozyme (EC

This enzymatic rate determination may be used for Lysozyme products. It is not to be used to assay recombinant or insoluble Lysozyme on agarose.

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