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Enzyme that breaks down a common component of animal extracellular matrix.
Hyaluronidase digests hyaluronic acid, increasing the potential to for movement through the extracellular matrix. This is such as by Gram-positive bacteria – Clostridium perfringens, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes – allowing the potential for increased penetration. into and through animal tissues.
Hyaluronidases also exist as animal enzymes and as hyaluronic acid-digesting drugs. Tissue blackening of infected wounds also may be a result of hyaluronidase action.