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Unformatted text preview: longer function. This process is called denaturation. Things that can denature protein: 1. Heat (as low as 110 F, many @ 130 F) 2. Heavy metals (e.g., silver, mercury) 3. pH changes 4. Salts 5. Alcohols Ethyl alcohol least toxic 6. Many proteins will denature if placed in a non-polar substance. 7. Other chemicals Enzymes are seriously affected by denaturation but other proteins of the body can also be denatured. Although in most cases, a denatured protein loses its function permanently, in some cases, re-naturation can occur if the substance that promotes the denaturation is removed from the protein. This is more true of chemical denaturants and particularly in experimental environments....
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