What are enzymes?
Enzymes are proteins that act as catalysts in all living organisms – microorganisms, plants, animals, and humans. As catalysts, enzymes serve as compounds that increase chemical reactions in biological systems. Enzymes are affected by a number of conditions, such as temperature and pH (acidity), and are subject to inhibition by various means. Enzymes are classified by the type of reaction they catalyse and the substance (called a substrate) they act upon. It is customary to attach the suffix “ase” to the name of the principle substrate upon which the enzyme acts.
What do Enzymes do?
Enzymes function in a mild environment, similar to the body environment of a living organism. They support life by synthesizing and degrading materials that constitute the building blocks of the organism. Enzymes function as highly selective catalysts in such a way that they selectivity catalyze specific reactions (reaction specificity) and specific materials (substrate specificity).
Technology for the use of enzymes for the improvement of human life remains a key attribute and principle of biotechnology.
What is the early history of enzymes and their origins for human use?
Mankind has been fascinated and challenged with enzymes from ancient times, even though enzymes and their properties and function were a mystery to early practitioners.
Unknowingly, man’s early microbial fermentation techniques in food processing was actually enzyme utilitzation at work. For instance, in ancient Egypt, breads and beer were produced by rudimentary fermentation techniques through mere experimentation and primarily for preservation purposes.
In Japan, there is also a lengthy history of producing early sake by fermentation, even as far back as the Jomon period. It wasn’t until the nineteenth century that fermentation was finally unmasked and embraced by science. Today, enzymes are widely accepted as the true entity and origin of the fermentation process. In fact, the origins of the word “Enzyme” derive from Greek: “en” (in) and “zyme” (ferment).
Finding the enzymes your product needs can be tough.
Amano Enzyme was founded 120 years ago in Japan with just a single enzyme—XXX. Today, we have grown into one of the top enzyme manufacturers in the USA, producing (hundreds?) of enzyme solutions for any industry and every need. We are proud to uphold the Japanese culture of manufacturing and craftsmanship (called “monozukuri”) and our founders’ values of unparalleled quality, continuous improvement, and customer service. Amano’s products and services will ensure your product meets your goals and enhances the quality of human life. We recognize that when our partners’ products and services re successful, we both are able to positively contribute to our society and world