Table 1.

Susceptibility of glucans to digestion by mutanase and dextranasea

Enzyme and site of GtfB glucan formationMean amt of total reducing sugars released (μg) ± SD
Mutanase
    Solution65.3 ± 6.8
    sHA surface49.1 ± 10.1
    S. mutans surface60.1 ± 11.8
    C. albicans surface58.0 ± 8.3
Dextranase
    Solution11.9 ± 0.3
    sHA surface18.0 ± 4.9
    S. mutans surface19.7 ± 4.8
    C. albicans surface41.3 ± 6.7b
  • a The data shown are means of three separate experiments. For each experiment, 100 μg of glucan and 10 U of mutanase or 10 U of dextranase were used (15).

  • b Statistically significantly different (P < 0.05, ANOVA, comparison for all pairs using Tukey's test).