(1) An enzyme attached to the outer surface of a cell (an ectoenzyme) or released from the cell into the extracellular space. (2) An enzyme that only cleaves the terminal residue from a polymer (in contrast to an endoenzyme).
An exoenzyme, or extracellular enzyme, is an enzyme that is secreted by a cell and functions outside of that cell. Exoenzymes are produced by both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and have been shown to be a crucial component of many biological processes. Most often these enzymes are involved in the breakdown of larger macromolecules. The breakdow...Found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exoenzyme
(ek″so-en´zīm) an enzyme that acts outside the cell that secretes it.Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/local/21001
Synonym for extracellular enzyme ... <enzyme> An enzyme performing its functions outside a cell; e.g., the various digestive enzyme's. ... Synonym: exoenzyme, lyoenzyme. ... (05 Mar 2000) ... Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/local/20973
Type: Term Pronunciation: ek′sō-en′zīm Synonyms: extracellular enzymeFound on http://www.medilexicon.com/medicaldictionary.php?t=30978
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