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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
Descriptive term for proteolytic enzymes, both endopeptidases and exopeptidases; enzymes that hydrolyze (break) polypeptide chains.
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Any of various enzymes, including the endopeptidases and exopeptidases, that catalyze the hydrolytic breakdown of proteins. Also called peptidase.
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Descriptive term for proteolytic enzymes, both endopeptidases and exopeptidases; enzymes that hydrolyze (i.e., break) polypeptide chains.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
proteaseOne of a range of protein-splitting enzymes. One focus of current interest in proteases is in their role in breaking down tissue barriers in the spread of cancer. High concentrations of the activator of one of these proteases has been found to be associated with a poor outlook in cancers of the colon and rectum.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
proteaseany enzyme that splits proteins, such as PEPSIN, TRYPSIN, EREPSIN or RENNIN.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005