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a proteolytic enzyme whose action is limited to terminal peptide linkages.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
An enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of the terminal amino acid of a peptide chain; for example, carboxypeptidase. Compare: endopeptidase.
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Any of a group of enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of single amino acids from the end of a polypeptide chain.
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An enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of the terminal amino acid of a peptide chain (e.g., carboxypeptidase).
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exopeptidaseAn enzyme that acts to split off AMINO ACIDS or sometimes dipeptides from the ends of a protein molecule.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
exopeptidasea type of protein-splitting ENZYME that hydrolyses the terminal PEPTIDE BONDS rather than those bonds within the chain. There are three main types of exopeptidase in the mammalian gut, each attacking a particular area of the protein: carboxypeptidase attacks the carboxyl end of the chain; aminopeptidase attacks the amino end of the chain; dipeptidase breaks the bond between DIPEPTIDES. Such enzymes complete the digestion of protein prior to absorption into the blood stream. Compare ENDOPEPTIDASE.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005