What is the enzyme glucose oxidase, used in CGM sensors?

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William Lee Dubois
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Enzymes are substances produced by living cells that work like building contractors.

Some enzymes are like the demolition crew, breaking substances down into their component parts; and others are like the construction crew, helping cells build new substances from parts and pieces. All enzymes are highly specialized, and there are over 3,000 different kinds in nature. For what it is worth, the enzyme glucose oxidase, used in CGM sensors, comes from the fungus aspergilus niger, which despite its name, apparently has nothing to do with asparagus.
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