The Amadori compound is the major single modification of the extracellular matrix by the Maillard reaction in vivo. It is also a source of biologically active glycoxidation products and the formation of glucosepane, the major protein cross-link found in biological tissues so far. For this reason, introduction of deglycating enzymes as anti-aging strategy would be desirable. This article provides an update on amadoriase enzymes from fungi which, one day, will hopefully help prevent the in vivo consequences of glycation.
679th Meeting of the Biochemical Society held at the University of Essex, Colchester, 2–4 July 2003