<biochemistry> An inactive precursor of an enzyme, particularly a proteolytic enzyme.

Synthesised in the cell and secreted in this safe form, then converted to the active form by limited proteolytic cleavage.

This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology

(11 Mar 2008)

zymase, zyme, zymic, zymo-, zymodeme < Prev | Next > zymogene, zymogenesis, zymogen granule

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