Action of salivary α-amylase on amylopectin and glycogen

W. J. Whelan, P. J.P. Roberts

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Roberts and Whelan1 have shown that the action of salivary α-amylase on amylose is consistent with the view that the enzyme can hydrolyse any except the terminal α-1:4-linkages. This leads to the formation of maltose and maltotriose. Similar studies using the linear maltodextrins2 have confirmed this hypothesis3. We now wish to make a preliminary report of the action of this enzyme on glycogen and amylopectin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)748-749
Number of pages2
Issue number4331
StatePublished - Dec 1 1952
Externally publishedYes

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