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amylase enzyme

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  • Submitted: 29/11/2008
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University Degree Applied Biology

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Name Simon Henry Opio-Emuna

Module: TEP061N

Date: 29th. October 2008.

Title: The experiment to determine the effect of temperature on the activity of amylase enzyme.


The rate of reaction was found to increase as the temperature of the environment was raised. As the temperature was raised from incrementally to 4°C, 22°C, 37°C and finally 80°C the rate of reaction followed this trend and also increased. However as predicted in the hypothesis of this experiment when the temperature was raised too high the enzyme would denature. In this experiment the value which the enzyme denatured at was 80°C. To summarize, the temperature of the environment was increased the reaction rate increased until the enzyme denatured.


Amylase is an enzyme found in the human body and is an important metabolic enzyme. Its function is to catalyze the hydrolysis of starch into glucose. This particular enzyme, which is found in all mammals, speeds up specific digestive processes which take place along the digestive track running from the mouth to the small intestines. Most enzymes are specific, meaning that they only work on a particular reaction or class of reactions. Enzymes are structural proteins

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