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Amylases Definition
What Is Amylases?

Enzymes that break down carbohydrates {starch} into glucose. Amylase is an enzyme present in human saliva, produced by glands. In the presence of this enzyme the chemical process of digestion begins from the mouth. It breaks starch down into sugar. The pancreas also makes amylase (alpha amylase) to break down dietary starch into di- and trisaccharides which are converted by other enzymes to glucose to supply the body with energy. Plants and some bacteria also produce amylase. In normal plasma about 40% of circulating amylase of pancreatic origin, the rest coming from the salivary glands. All amylases are glycoside hydrolases and act on a-1,4-glycosidic bonds. Amylase breaks down starch into maltose and limit dextrins. Foods that contain much starch but little sugar, such as rice and potato, taste slightly sweet as they are chewed because amylase turns some of their starch into sugar in the mouth.

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