Enzymes are the extremely selective biocatalysts synthesized by living cells. Therapeutic enzymes are those enzymes which can be used medically either isolately or adjunctly with other therapies with the purpose of treatment of various diseases safely. Use of these enzymes as drugs for the treatment of medical problems forms the basis for “Therapeutic use of enzymes”. The cost of such enzymes may be quite high but still comparable to those of competing therapeutic agents or treatments.
|Enzymes||Therapeutic Use||Basis||Additional Information|
|Prolactazyme||Lactose Intolerance||Prolactazyme is a proenzmye that produces lactase in stomach.||About 75% of the world’s population is intolerant to lactose in adulthood. It occurs due to lack of lactase in digestive system.|
|Beta-Lactamase||Penicillin Allergy||Penicillin is converted to penicillioate||Learn more about penicillin allergy here|
|Aglucerase||Gaucher’s Disease type I||Enzyme replacement therapy||This disease is characterized by the lack of enzyme glucocerebrocidase.|
|Streptokinase||Heart Attacks (Myocardial Infarction)||Used as “clot blusters” to dissolve clots in the arteries of heart wall. Plasminogen is converted to plasmin which is fibrinolytic.||Administered i.v. to patients as soon as possible after the onset of a heart attack|
|Asparaginase||Acute Childhood Leukemia||Decreased level of serum asparagine and inhibition of aspargine dependent multiplication of tumor cells.||Tumor cells cannot synthesize L-asparagine due to lack of aspartate-ammonia ligase.|
|Collagenase||Skin ulcers||Causes collagen hydrolysis||Break up and remove dead skin and tissue|
|DNAse||Cystic Fibrosis (CF)||DNAse hydrolyses extracellular DNA responsible for Cystic Fibrosis.||DNA present in the mucous, which|
arises from dead WBCs and bacterial cells, serves to cross link the mucous, changing it from a fluid gel to a semi-solid.
|Lysozyme||Antibiotic Therapy||Causes Bacterial cell wall hydrolysis|
|Ribonuclease||Antiviral Therapy||Causes RNA hydrolysis|
|Trypsin||Inflammation||Causes Protein hydrolysis|
|Uricase||Gout||Converts Urate to allantoin|
|Enzyme inhibitors||To increase the efficacy of drugs||Against resistant bacterisa||Example: Beta lactamase inhibitor like clavulanic acid along with amoxicillin.|
Isoenzymes and their Diagnostic Importance