Lipase is an enzyme that is involved in the process of digesting fats. It is produced in the pancreas and is also produced by the salivary glands and small intestine. Pancreatic enzyme is the most important lipase in the body. It is responsible for digesting most of the fats consumed in the diet. Lipase works by hydrolysis of ester bonds between fatty acids and glycerol. This leads to the breakdown of fats into smaller molecules such as free fatty acids and glycerol. These products are then absorbed by the small intestine and transported to the cells, where they are used as an energy source or stored as fat.
Lipase plays a key role in maintaining normal fat metabolism and absorption of nutrients from the diet. Enzyme deficiency can lead to impaired digestion of fats and deficiency of nutrients such as fat-soluble vitamins. Lipases are also used in industrial production, in the production of soaps, detergents, cosmetics and other products that require organic solvents.
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