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<cell biology> A lysosomal cysteine proteinase which hydrolyzes proteins, with a specificity resembling that of papain. The enzyme is present in a variety of tissues and is important in many physiological and pathological processes. In pathology, cathepsin b has been found to be involved in demyelination, emphysema, rheumatoid arthritis, and neoplastic infiltration.

Registry number: EC 3.4.22.1

(12 Dec 1998)

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