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lyase Line breaks: lyase
Pronunciation: /ˈlʌɪeɪz/

Definition of lyase in English:


An enzyme which catalyses the joining of specified molecules or groups by a double bond.
Example sentences
  • Whey contains many types of enzymes, including hydrolases, transferases, lyases, proteases, and lipases.
  • Other categories include transferases, oxidoreductases, ligases, lyases, isomerases, proteases, molecular chaperons, and GTPases.
  • This protein has a pectate lyase enzyme activity and could be involved in cell wall elaboration during germination and pollen tube growth.


1960s: from lysis + -ase.

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