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ˈlaɪ sɪnlysin

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  1. lysinnoun

    any substance (such as an antibody) or agent that can cause lysis


  1. lysinnoun

    any substance or antibody that can cause the destruction (by lysis) of blood cells, bacteria etc


  1. Lysin

    Lysins, also known as endolysins or murein hydrolases, are hydrolytic enzymes produced by bacteriophages in order to cleave the host's cell wall during the final stage of the lytic cycle. Lysins are highly evolved enzymes that are able to target one of the five bonds in peptidoglycan (murein), the main component of bacterial cell walls, which allows the release of progeny virions from the lysed cell. Cell-wall-containing Archaea are also lysed by specialized pseudomurein-cleaving lysins, while most archaeal viruses employ alternative mechanisms. Similarly, not all bacteriophages synthesize lysins: some small single-stranded DNA and RNA phages produce membrane proteins that activate the host's autolytic mechanisms such as autolysins.Lysins are being used as antibacterial agents due to their high effectiveness and specificity in comparison with antibiotics, which are susceptible to bacterial resistance.


  1. lysin

    Lysin is a type of enzymatic substance produced by bacteriophages (viruses that infect bacteria) that can break down the cell walls of bacteria and cause them to burst or lyse. It is commonly used in research and medical applications to target and destroy specific strains of bacteria.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lysin in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lysin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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