What is the optimum pH for amylase?

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What is the optimum pH for amylase?
« on: 14/12/2008 14:44:25 »
hello . in which pH does the salivary amylase in our mouth work well. in my textbook, it is written as pH 7 but my chemistry teacher said its rather acidic . so ?
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Re: What is the optimum pH for amylase?
« Reply #1 on: 14/12/2008 17:03:04 »
The optimum pH for amylase to catalyze the hydrolysis of starch to maltose in your mouth is between 6.7 and 7.0 - did your teacher say why it's too acidic?
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Re: What is the optimum pH for amylase?
« Reply #2 on: 16/12/2008 11:03:50 »
he said its because .... i cant remember =( SORRY !

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What is the optimum pH for amylase?
« Reply #3 on: 16/12/2008 13:07:22 »
Perhaps teacher was referring to the highly acidic environment of the stomach, (not mouth).