Pepsinogen, an enzyme or not?

Dag Stenberg stenberg at
Fri Apr 17 06:00:26 EST 1998

Miiko Sokka <meeco at> wrote:
> Can you call a pepsinogen an enzyme although it is nothing but a 
> non-functioning preliminary stage of a pepsin?

I would not.

> What is an alfa-amylase?

Alfa-amylase is the enzyme in saliva and in pancreatic fluid which
splits carbohydrates.

Dag Stenberg
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