Structure of human salivary alpha-amylase at 1.6 A resolution: implications for its role in the oral cavity.

@article{Ramasubbu1996StructureOH,
  title={Structure of human salivary alpha-amylase at 1.6 A resolution: implications for its role in the oral cavity.},
  author={N Ramasubbu and V Paloth and Yu Bing Luo and Gary D. Brayer and Michael J. Levine},
  journal={Acta crystallographica. Section D, Biological crystallography},
  year={1996},
  volume={52 Pt 3},
  pages={435-46}
}
Salivary alpha-amylase, a major component of human saliva, plays a role in the initial digestion of starch and may be involved in the colonization of bacteria involved in early dental plaque formation. The three-dimensional atomic structure of salivary amylase has been determined to understand the structure-function relationships of this enzyme. This structure was refined to an R value of 18.4% with 496 amino-acid residues, one calcium ion, one chloride ion and 170 water molecules. Salivary… CONTINUE READING

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