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Bacterial virulence factor capable of breaking down a portion of animal extracellular matrix.

Collagenase specifically (and, of course) breaks down the protein collagen. Less obviously, collagenase breaks down (which consists of collagen). Collagenase thus can also serve as a .

Note that collagenase is an extracellular enzyme, or . In pathogens such as various clostridia it thus can serve as an exotoxin involved in .