Structural biology of starch-degrading enzymes and their regulation

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    Starch is a major energy source for all domains of life. Recent advances in structures of starch-degrading enzymes encompass the substrate complex of starch debranching enzyme, the function of surface binding sites in plant isoamylase, details on individual steps in the mechanism of plant disproportionating enzyme and a self-stabilised conformation of amylose accommodated in the active site of plant α-glucosidase. Important inhibitor complexes include a flavonol glycoside, montbretin A, binding at the active site of human pancreatic α-amylase and barley limit dextrinase inhibitor binding to the debranching enzyme, limit dextrinase using a new binding mode for cereal protein inhibitors.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalCurrent Opinion in Structural Biology
    Pages (from-to)33-42
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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