Lysosome and Enzymes
Country: United States
Date: July 2005
Please explain why the digestive enzymes in a lysosome do
not digest the lysosome membrane. I read that the membrane proteins are
highly glycosylated. Is this part of the answer?
Lysozyme is an enzyme that breaks down the bacterial cell wall. As far as I
know it has no function in human metabolism. It was given its name by
Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin. In fact, he was working
with lysozyme when he accidentally discovered penicillin. He called it
lysozyme because it appeared to be an enzyme that lyses cell walls and is a
natural, non-specific means of protecting you from bacteria.
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