Glycoside hydrolase family 56, bee venom hyaluronidase (IPR001329)

Short name: Venom_Hyaluronidase

Overlapping homologous superfamilies

Family relationships

  • Hyaluronidase (IPR018155)
    • Glycoside hydrolase family 56, bee venom hyaluronidase (IPR001329)


O-Glycosyl hydrolases (EC:3.2.1.) are a widespread group of enzymes that hydrolyse the glycosidic bond between two or more carbohydrates, or between a carbohydrate and a non-carbohydrate moiety. A classification system for glycosyl hydrolases, based on sequence similarity, has led to the definition of 85 different families [PMID: 7624375, PMID: 8535779]. This classification is available on the CAZy (CArbohydrate-Active EnZymes) web site.

Family 56 (GH56) encompasses a group of hyaluronidases (EC: that includes venom hyaluronidases [PMID: 7682712] and mammalian sperm surface proteins (PH-20).

The venom of Apis mellifera (honeybee) contains several biologically-active peptides and two enzymes, one of which is a hyaluronidase [PMID: 7682712]. The amino acid sequence of bee venom hyaluronidase contains 349 amino acids, and includes four cysteines and a number of potential glycosylation sites [PMID: 7682712]. The sequence shows a high degree of similarity to PH-20, a membrane protein of mammalian sperm involved in sperm-egg adhesion, supporting the view that hyaluronidases play a role in fertilisation [PMID: 7682712].

GO terms

Biological Process

GO:0006952 defense response

Molecular Function

GO:0004415 hyalurononglucosaminidase activity

Cellular Component

No terms assigned in this category.

Contributing signatures

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