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glycosidases

Pronunciation: gli-ko-sid-as'ez

Definition: A class of hydrolytic enzymes that act on glycosides; a-glycosidases act on a-glycosidic linkages (a-amylase) whereas ß-glycosidases act on ß-glycosidic linkages (ß-glucosidase). They can be further divided into those enzymes that act on O-glycosyl, N-glycosyl, or S-glycosyl compounds.

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