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Amylases: Enzymatic Mechanisms

  • Dexter French
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series

Abstract

Starch is a major storage form for carbohydrates in nearly all green plants. Utilization of starch by the plants or by other organisms requires initial solubilization of the starch and conversion to dextrins and oligosaccharides by amylases. Various organisms have developed different strategies for starch breakdown, but all involve an initial attack by an amylase, perhaps concomitantly with another enzyme such as a dextrinase or debranching enzyme, followed by a glucosidase which converts the dextrins or oligosaccharides to glucose.

Keywords

Starch Granule Glucose Unit Substrate Binding Site Alpha Amylase Enzymatic Mechanism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dexter French
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and BiophysicsIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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