Hydrolysis of protein
Proteins are made up of lots of amino acids joined together by peptide bonds.
We say the protein has been hydrolysed [lysis = splitting; hydro = water]. This process needs water and an enzyme.
The result of hydrolysis is smaller amino acid chains (peptides), and free amino acids.
The solution containing the protein pieced (small peptide chains and free amino acids) is called a hydrolysate solution.
- 15 November 2007