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Proteolysis is the directed degradation (digestion) of proteins by cellular enzymes called proteases or by intramolecular digestion.

PurposesEdit

Proteolysis is used by the cell for several purposes. They include:

ExamplesEdit

Examples of serine proteases include:

VenomsEdit

Certain venoms, such as those produced by poisonous snakes, can also cause proteolysis. These venoms are, in fact, highly-evolved digestive fluids that begin their work outside of the body. Proteolytic venoms cause a wide range of toxic effects[1], including effects that are:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Hayes WK. 2005. Research on Biological Roles and Variation of Snake Venoms. Loma Linda University.

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