Definition of Elastase

1. Noun. A pancreatic enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of elastin.

Generic synonyms: Enzyme

Definition of Elastase

1. Noun. An endopeptidase enzyme involved in the breakdown of elastin. ¹

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Definition of Elastase

1. an enzyme [n -S] - See also: enzyme

Medical Definition of Elastase

1. Serine protease that will digest elastin and collagen type IV, inhibited by _ 1 protease inhibitor of plasma. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Elastase

elastance unit
elastase (current term)
elastic artery
elastic band
elastic band fixation
elastic bandage
elastic bands
elastic bougie
elastic cartilage
elastic cone
elastic device
elastic energy
elastic fibres
elastic lamella

Literary usage of Elastase

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1. A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story by Andrei Maylunas (2005)
"On the basis of the protease-antiprotease imbalance theory for the pathogenesis of pulmonary emphysema, we hypothesized that measurement of elastase burden ..."

2. Reviews in Environmental Health (1998): Toxicological Defense Mechanics edited by Gary E. R. Hook, George W. Lucier (2000)
"elastase-induced emphysema models have been used in lung research for more than ... elastase-INDUCED EMPHYSEMA. The hamster has been the most common rodent ..."

3. Air Quality Criteria for Oxides of Nitrogenby Dennis J. Kotchmar by Dennis J. Kotchmar (1996)
"(1987) exposed both normal and elastase-induced emphysematous hamsters to ... The emphysematous lesions produced by elastase appeared to be aggravated by ..."

4. Health Consequences of Smoking: Nicotine Addiction a Report of the Surgeon by C. Everett Koop, M.D., DIANE Publishing Company (1988)
"Macrophages and neutrophils release elastase, an enzyme that destroys alveolar structure. Stone and colleagues (1983) found that alpha-1-antitrypsin, ..."

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