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Hydrolysis of protein

Proteins are made up of lots of amino acids joined together by peptide bonds.

Hydrolysis of the protein is what happens when the peptide bonds are broken.

We say the protein has been hydrolysed [lysis = splitting; hydro = water]. This process needs water and an enzyme.

The result of hydrolysis is smaller amino acid chains (peptides), and free amino acids.

The solution containing the protein pieced (small peptide chains and free amino acids) is called a hydrolysate solution.

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