Investigation into the Digestion of Milk by Trypsin Essay
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To investigate the effect of trypsin on milk a number of separate experiments will be performed whereby milk is digested by trypsin under controlled conditions. Specific variables will be changed by calculated amounts to gauge their individual effects on the rate and amount of reaction that occurs.
Trypsin is a biological catalyst, (a substance that speed up a reaction without being used up or changing the reaction in any way), known as an enzyme that is found in the human body. Trypsin is a protease enzyme, which means that it digests the proteins in food that is consumed. However humans, …show more content…
Enzymes are all designed to operate best at a specific temperature. For example enzymes in the human body such as trypsin operate best at around 37 degrees, as this is the average temperature of the human body. The temperature at which enzymes work best at is known as the optimum temperature. Enzymes are also seen to work best at specific pH levels. Enzymes in the stomach work best at a low pH, as this is the level familiar to the environment they work in. The pH at which an enzyme works best at is known at its optimum pH level.
When levels of temperature and pH are varied it can be observed that the rate of reaction changes. This shows how these factors, (like many others) can be varied