pancreatic amylase

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pan·cre·at·ic am·y·lase

(pan-krē-at'ik am'i-lās)
An enzyme secreted by the pancreas that digests starch.


(am'i-las?) [ amyl + -ase]
Any of a class of enzymes that split or hydrolyze starch. Those found in animals are called alpha-amylases; those in plants, beta-amylases. Serum levels of amylase become elevated in mumps, pancreatitis, and intraperitoneal organ rupture, among other diseases and conditions. See: macroamylase

pancreatic amylase


salivary amylase


vegetable amylase


pancreatic amylase

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Serum pancreatic amylase was not affected in either diabetic group reflecting a normal exocrine pancreatic function.
The stimulatory effect of protein on pancreatic amylase secretion has been shown to occur in non-ruminants.
semitriloba on the hydrolytic activity of porcine pancreatic amylase, lipase and proteases, as models for the human enzymes.
Pancreatic amylase can be measured quite simply now, since methods of inhibiting parotid (salivary) amylase with wheat germ or, more recently, monoclonal antibody to parotid amylase have been developed.
Pancreatic amylase activity from ruminants fed different rations.
We measured the activity of pancreatic amylase in the plasma with an Architect c8000 chemistry analyzer (Abbott Laboratories) with Abbott reagents and with protocols that use an antibody inhibitor of salivary amylase in a colorimetric assay with a protected p-nitrophenyl-maltoheptaoside substrate.
These results suggested that secretion of pancreatic amylase from the immature pancreas during the post-hatching period may retard intestinal starch digestion, and consequently limit early growth.
1), especially that of pancreatic amylase, in human serum is important for accurate diagnosis of pancreatic disorders.
We used human salivary (4) and pancreatic amylase [Certified Reference Material 476 from the National Institute of Biological Standards and Control, Potters Bar, United Kingdom] and sera containing amylase concentrations fivefold higher than the upper reference limit.
Bruns described the first monoclonal antibody that distinguished pancreatic and salivary human amylases, and in collaboration with postdoctoral fellow Ted Mifflin, he used the antibody to specifically measure pancreatic amylase in serum.
Assays of amylase activity in serum are largely used in the diagnosis of diseases of the pancreas, where the majority of the pancreatic amylase (P-type) is produced.