noun, plural: gamma-amylases

A form of amylase that cleaves the last alpha-1,4-glycosidic linkages at the nonreducing end of amylase and amylopectin to yield glucose. It also cleaves the alpha-1-6-glycosidic linkages.


Compared to alpha- and beta-amylases, the γ-amylase is most efficient in acidic environments (optimum pH of 3).


Compare: alpha-amylase, beta-amylase

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