Volume 32, Issue 4 (July 1987)

    Evidence That “Vaginal Peptidase” Is a Bacterial Gene Product

    (Received 21 July 1986; accepted 30 October 1986)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    A peptidase has been described in vaginal samples, termed “vaginal peptidase.” This enzyme has been proposed as a tissue specific marker for vaginal debris. We have explored the presence of this enzyme in vaginal swabs from alleged sexual assault victims and volunteer donors as well as bacterial cultures. These studies reveal that “vaginal peptidase” is composed of a family of peptidase isozymes that originate from several bacterial species. The characterization of “vaginal peptidase” as a tissue specific marker for vaginal debris is premature.


    Author Information:

    Cook, CE
    Consultant and research associate, Forensic Science Associates, Emeryville, CA

    Blake, ET
    Consultant and research associate, Forensic Science Associates, Emeryville, CA

    Bashinski, JS
    Laboratory director, Oakland Police Department, Criminalistics Laboratory, Oakland, CA


    Stock #: JFS12400J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12400J

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    Title Evidence That “Vaginal Peptidase” Is a Bacterial Gene Product
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30