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any peptidase that catalyzes the cleavage of internal bonds in a polypeptide or protein. Inhibition of the action of endopeptidases (proteases) in viruses causes formation of noninfectious particles; certain antiviral drugs work in this way (see protease inhibitors). Called also protease and proteinase.
Descriptive term for proteolytic enzymes, both endopeptidases and exopeptidases; enzymes that hydrolyze (break) polypeptide chains.
Any of various enzymes, including the endopeptidases and exopeptidases, that catalyze the hydrolytic breakdown of proteins. Also called peptidase.
Descriptive term for proteolytic enzymes, both endopeptidases and exopeptidases; enzymes that hydrolyze (i.e., break) polypeptide chains.