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Amylases: A Note on Current Applications

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Biochemistry, VP Chest Institute, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007, India
  • 2Division of Structural Biology and Biophysics, Mill Hill Laboratory, The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
  • 3Department of Biochemistry, VP Chest Institute, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007, India
  • 4Centre for Molecular Biology, Central University of Jammu, Jammu-181143 (J&K) India

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 5, Issue (11), Pages 27-32, November,10 (2016)


Enzymes have been used successfully for different types of industries and microorganisms have proved their recognition in the production of enzymes invaluable for industry. Amylase is a highly efficient commercial biocatalyst with an extensive range of utilizations from food to non-food industries. The hydrolytic activities of amylases on glycosidic bonds in starch have successfully replaced chemical processing of starch in different industries due to cost effectiveness and technical advantages. Production of glucose/fructose syrups and most widely used biofuel results from the catalytic activity of amylases. Amylases are used for a variety of applications in different enterprises including food, paper, detergent and textile industry. Additionally, amylases may also have potential application in pharmaceutical and fine chemical industries.


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