tryptophanase

[trĭptə-fə-nās′, -nāz′, trĭp-tŏfə-]
n.
  1. An enzyme that catalyzes the cleavage of tryptophan to indole, pyruvic acid, and ammonia and that is commonly found in bacteria.
  2. tryptophan 2,3-dioxygenase
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