One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An antibody or other substance able to cause lysis of cells (especially bacteria).
- ‘Solubilization of the cell wall with phage lysin also yielded a large M-protein molecule.’
- ‘He and his colleagues began working with a phage that infects the anthrax bacterium almost exclusively and identified the gene encoding its lysin.’
- ‘The ancestral lysin proteins may be useful for future laboratory studies.’
- ‘The investigators derived the protoplasts from GAS by treating the GAS with phage lysin (described below) in a hypertonic medium, to prevent lysis.’
- ‘Such was the case for lysin and an 18-kDa protein in abalone.’
Early 20th century: from German Lysine.
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