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What does salivary amylase digest?

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What does salivary amylase digest?

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Salivary amylase digests starch.

Salivary amylase is also known as alpha amylase. It is the main component of saliva. This enzyme breaks down alpha 1,4 glycosidic linkages between starch molecules and converts them to glucose and smaller oligosaccharides.

STARCH —–(Salivary amylase)——> OLIGOSACCHARIDES —–(Salivary amylase)——> MONOSACCHARIDES


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