Acts on free and glycosidically bound N-acetyl- or N-glycoloyl-neuraminic acid; acts mainly on the 4-O- and 9-O-acetyl groups. Also acts on some other O-acetyl esters, both cyclic and acyclic compounds, which are not sialic acids.
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