Lysozyme was discovered by Alexander Fleming in 1921 when he demonstrated that his own nasal mucus had the ability to inhibit the growth of a certain strain of bacteria in culture. He realized that this was largely due to the action of a protein within the mucus that caused the bacterial cells to lyse or break apart. Hence, he named the protein lysozyme.
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Source: Biological Magnetic Resonance Data Bank, University of Wisconsin
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