The chemistry of biological macromolecules and their degradation
The nature of each of the main groups of cellular macromolecules is outlined here, and followed in each case by a description of the main degradative enzymes likely to act on the substrates, and their mode of action. The most important degradative reaction is hydrolysis; to illustrate the immense potential of cellular hydrolytic enzymes, the current classification of these enzymes, together with their enzyme group numbers (E.C.) is shown in Table 3.1. Since each group comprises several enzymes, the enzyme armoury is impressive.
KeywordsLipase Polysaccharide Anhydride Chitin Galactose
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