AskDefine | Define proteolytic

Dictionary Definition

proteolytic adj : of or relating to proteolysis

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  1. Of, relating to, or promoting proteolysis.

Extensive Definition

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


Proteolysis is used by the cell for several purposes. They include:
Proteolysis is also used in research and diagnostic applications:


Examples of serine proteases include:


Certain venoms, such as those produced by venomous 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, including effects that are:


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proteolytic in German: Proteolyse
proteolytic in Spanish: Proteólisis
proteolytic in French: Protéolyse
proteolytic in Italian: Proteolisi
proteolytic in Japanese: タンパク質分解
proteolytic in Polish: Proteoliza
proteolytic in Portuguese: Proteólise
proteolytic in Swedish: Proteolys
proteolytic in Ukrainian: Протеоліз
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