Lactase Essay by Thommo

This is a short essay outlining the biochemical nature of the lactase enzyme.
# 45380 | 1,032 words | 8 sources | 2003 | AU
Published on Oct 22, 2003 in Chemistry (Biochemistry) , Biology (Biotechnology) , Biology (General)

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This essay talks about the biochemical nature of the enzyme lactase. It talks about it production, the reaction it catalyzes and the physiological effects of this enzyme, in particular the physiological effects of a deficiency of lactase.

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"Lactose is a disaccharide that is the principal carbohydrate found in milk and other dairy products. To digest lactose the enzyme lactase is required to catalyse the hydrolysis reaction to produce the monosaccharides glucose and galactose. This enzyme is usually present at birth but often decreases in activity as the child matures. The condition where an individual has a deficiency of lactase is known as lactose intolerance and produces symptoms such as nausea, cramps, bloating, gas, and diarrhea.

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