Digestive Enzymes During digestion, four different groups of molecules are commonly encountered. Each is broken down into its molecular components by specific enzymes: Complex carbohydrates, or polysaccharides (such as starches), are broken down into oligosaccharides (consisting of two to ten linked monosaccharides), disaccharides (such as maltose), or individual monosaccharides (such as glucose or fructose). Enzymes called amylases break down starch. • Proteins are broken down into short chains of amino acids (peptides) or individual
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2011 for the course PT 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '10 term at Texas State.