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Cellulose-polysulfatase is an enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of polysulfate esters of cellulose. This enzyme belongs to the family of hydrolases, specifically those acting on sulfuric ester bonds. The systematic name of this enzyme class is cellulose-polysulfate sulfuric-ester hydrolase.

Function[edit | edit source]

Cellulose-polysulfatase plays a crucial role in the degradation of cellulose polysulfates, complex polysaccharides that are found in various organisms. The enzyme breaks down these polysaccharides by cleaving the sulfuric ester bonds, thereby releasing sulfate ions and reducing the polysaccharide to its constituent monosaccharides.

Structure[edit | edit source]

Like all enzymes, cellulose-polysulfatase has a unique three-dimensional structure that allows it to bind to its substrate and catalyze the reaction. The active site of the enzyme, where the reaction takes place, is typically a pocket or groove on the enzyme's surface.

Clinical Significance[edit | edit source]

While the clinical significance of cellulose-polysulfatase is not yet fully understood, enzymes that degrade polysaccharides are generally important in the context of digestion and the breakdown of complex carbohydrates in the diet. Further research is needed to fully elucidate the role of this enzyme in human health and disease.

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