ALFRED PASIEKA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ALFRED PASIEKA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Elastase molecule. Computer model of elastase, an enzyme produced in the pancreas that catalyses the hydrolysis of elastin. It is a compact globular protein consisting of a single polypeptide chain of 240 amino acids, which are cross-linked by 4 disulphide bridges. In connection with pancreativ functions Pancreatic Elastase (PE) is a simple, noninvasive fecal marker for assessing exocrine pancreatic function, allowing the clinician to establish a prompt and reliable diagnosis with high degrees of sensitivity (90%-100%) and specificity (93%-98%) in suspected cases of pancreatic insufficiency.
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