Bitter principles of the cucurbitaceae. III.Elaterase, an Active Enzyme for the Hydrolysis of Bitter Principle Glycosides
Enslin, P.R.; Joubert, F.J.; Rehm, S.
Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 7(10): 646-655
An investigation has been made of elaterase, a relatively specific enzyme for the hydrolysis of bitter principle glycosides of the Cucurbitaceae. A comparative study covering 33 different species showed that this enzyme is widely spread in this family. Elaterase was isolated from the fruit juice of Ecballium elaterium, Cucumis myriocarpus and Lagenaria siceraria and was examined in the ultracentrifuge.