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α-Amylase from porcine pancreas

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Type VI-B, ≥5 units/mg solid

alpha-Amylase, β-N-acetylglucosaminidase porcine placenta, PPA, al1,4 glucan-4-glucanohydrolase,, porcine pancreas α-amylase
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biological source

Porcine pancreas

Quality Level


Type VI-B



specific activity

≥5 units/mg solid

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General description

Molecular mass: 51-54 kDa.
α-Amylase isolated from porcine pancreas is a glycoprotein. It is a single polypeptide chain of ~475 residues containing two SH groups and four disulfide bridges and a tightly bound Ca2+ necessary for stability. Chloride ions are necessary for activity and stability. The pH range for activity is 5.5 to 8.0, with the pH optimum at 7.
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α-Amylase is used to hydrolyze α bonds of α-linked polysaccharides, such as starch and glycogen. α-Amylase, from Sigma, has been used in various plant studies, such as metabolism studies in Arabidopsis . α-Amylase, from porcine pancreas, has been used to remove starch during the study of starch metabolism and ripening in tomatoes .


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Biochem/physiol Actions

α-Amylase hydrolyzes the α-(1,4) glucan linkages in polysaccharides of three or more α-(1,4) linked D-glucose units. Natural substrates such as starch and glycogen are broken down into glucose and maltose. α -Amylase, from porcine pancreas, is a glycoprotein that consists of a single polypeptide chain of approximately 475 residues containing 2 SH groups and four disulfide bridges and a tightly bound Ca2+ necessary for stability. The pH optimum is at 7.


Contains lactose

Unit Definition

One unit will liberate 1.0 mg of maltose from starch in 3 min at pH 6.9 at 20 °C.


Health hazard

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Hazard Classifications

Resp. Sens. 1

Storage Class Code

11 - Combustible Solids



Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Personal Protective Equipment

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