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Biomarker: Pancreatic Amylase

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Pancreatic Amylase

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Alpha-amylase is widespread among living organisms. In the digestive systems of humans and many other mammals, an alpha-amylase called ptyalin is produced by the salivary glands, whereas pancreatic amylase is secreted by the pancreas into the small intestine. When food passes to the small intestine, the remainder of the starch molecules are catalyzed mainly to maltose by pancreatic amylase. This step in starch digestion occurs in the first section of the small intestine (the duodenum), the region into which the pancreatic juices empty. The by-products of amylase hydrolysis are ultimately broken down by other enzymes into molecules of glucose, which are rapidly absorbed through the intestinal wall.

References:

  • The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. “Amylase.” Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica Inc., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2016.

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