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ˈproʊ tiˌeɪs, -ˌeɪzpro·tease

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  1. protease, peptidase, proteinase, proteolytic enzymenoun

    any enzyme that catalyzes the splitting of proteins into smaller peptide fractions and amino acids by a process known as proteolysis


  1. proteasenoun

    An enzyme that cuts or cleaves proteins.

  2. Etymology: From protein + -ase.


  1. Protease

    A protease (also called a peptidase, proteinase, or proteolytic enzyme) is an enzyme that catalyzes (increases reaction rate or "speeds up") proteolysis, breaking down proteins into smaller polypeptides or single amino acids, and spurring the formation of new protein products. They do this by cleaving the peptide bonds within proteins by hydrolysis, a reaction where water breaks bonds. Proteases are involved in many biological functions, including digestion of ingested proteins, protein catabolism (breakdown of old proteins), and cell signaling. In the absence of functional accelerants, proteolysis would be very slow, taking hundreds of years. Proteases can be found in all forms of life and viruses. They have independently evolved multiple times, and different classes of protease can perform the same reaction by completely different catalytic mechanisms.


  1. protease

    A protease is an enzyme that initiates the process of protein catabolism by catalyzing hydrolysis, which is the breakdown of proteins into smaller polypeptides or single amino acids. This enzyme plays a significant role in various biological functions like digestion, cell-cycle progression, immune response, protein recycling and apoptosis. They can perform these functions because they have the ability to cut or break the peptide bonds within the proteins. Proteases can be found in all organisms, from viruses and bacteria to plants and humans.


  1. Protease

    A protease is any enzyme that conducts proteolysis, that is, begins protein catabolism by hydrolysis of the peptide bonds that link amino acids together in the polypeptide chain forming the protein.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of protease in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of protease in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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