Chitinases

"Chitinases" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

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Glycoside hydrolases that break down glycosidic bonds in CHITIN. They are important for insect and worm morphogenesis and plant defense against pathogens. Human chitinases may play a role in the etiology of allergies and asthma.


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