(= metalloendopeptidase, EC 3.4.24; metallocarboxypeptidase, EC3.4.17) Proteolytic enzymes in which a divalent cation is part of the catalytic mechanism. See matrix metalloproteinases.
A metalloproteinase, or metalloprotease, is any protease enzyme whose catalytic mechanism involves a metal. An example of this would be meltrin which plays a significant role in the fusion of muscle cells during embryo development, in a process known as myogenesis. Most metalloproteases require zinc, but some use cobalt. The metal ion is coordinat...Found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metalloproteinase
Type: Term Pronunciation: met′a-lō-prō′tēn-āz Definitions: 1. A family of protein-hydrolyzing endopeptidases that contain zinc ions as part of the active structure.Found on http://www.medilexicon.com/medicaldictionary.php?t=54614
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