Zymogen



any of various enzyme precursor molecules that may change into an enzyme as a result of catalytic change.
Historical Examples

zymogen′ic; Zy′moid, like a ferment; Zymolog′ic, -al, pertaining to zymology.
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements) Various

During ordinary secretion, however, these granules of zymogen do not entirely disappear from the cell.
On Digestive Proteolysis R. H. Chittenden

When in this stage, the compound is known as “proenzyme,” or “zymogen.”
The Chemistry of Plant Life Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher

noun
(biochem) any of a group of compounds that are inactive precursors of enzymes and are activated by a kinase

zymogen zy·mo·gen (zī’mə-jən)
n.
See proenzyme.

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  • Zymogenic

    adjective of, or relating to a zymogen capable of causing zymogenesis zymogenic zy·mo·gen·ic (zī’mə-jěn’ĭk) or zy·mog·e·nous (zī-mŏj’ə-nəs) adj. Of or relating to a proenzyme. Causing fermentation. Enzyme-producing.

  • Zymogenesis

    noun the conversion of a zymogen into an enzyme zymogenesis zy·mo·gen·e·sis (zī’mə-jěn’ĭ-sĭs) n. The process by which a proenzyme becomes transformed into an active enzyme.



  • Zymogenic cell

    zymogenic cell zymogenic cell zy·mo·gen·ic cell (zī’mə-jěn’ĭk) n. A cell that forms and secretes an enzyme, especially a secretory cell that lines the lumen of the gastric glands of the stomach or a pepsin-secreting acinar cell of the pancreas. Also called chief cell, peptic cell.

  • Zymology

    (formerly) the science dealing with fermentation and the action of enzymes; enzymology. Historical Examples Zymogen′ic; Zy′moid, like a ferment; Zymolog′ic, -al, pertaining to zymology. Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements) Various noun the chemistry of fermentation



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