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Pepsin

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  • Pepsin
    • The main digestive enzyme produced in the stomach
      • Specific enzyme in a wider class of protein-degrading enzymes, called proteolytic enzymes/proteases/peptidases
    • Secreted by chief cells in the stomach as the precursor pepsinogen 
    • Activated by HCl (gastric acid)
    • Catalyzes the breakdown of proteins by hydrolyzing peptide bonds