tryptophanase

[ trĭptə-fə-nās′, -nāz′, trĭp-tŏfə- ]

n.

An enzyme that catalyzes the cleavage of tryptophan to indole, pyruvic acid, and ammonia and that is commonly found in bacteria.
tryptophan 2,3-dioxygenase
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