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Proteolytic Enzyme


Proteolytic enzymes have not been shown to prevent or treat cancer.Proteolytic enzyme (PE) treatments were first used in Germany in the 1960s for inflammation, osteoarthritis, autoimmune diseases, and viral infections. The products usually contain a mixture of pancreatin, papain, bromelain, trypsin, and chymotrypsin.




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Proteolytic enzyme (PE) treatments were first popularized in Germany in the 1960s for inflammation, osteoarthritis, autoimmune diseases, and viral infections. The products usually contain a mixture of pancreatin, papain, bromelain, trypsin, and chymotrypsin. Preclinical studies indicate that PEs have immunomodulatory and tumoricidal properties (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6). Such effects are thought to result from degradation of abnormal immune complexes.


SummaryProteolytic enzymes are specific types of enzymes that play important roles in protein digestion, immune function and other vital processes. Your body produces them, but you can also consume them by eating certain foods or taking supplements.


Suggested potency levels depend on the enzyme and are still highly debated. However, trustworthy brands will list activity units, and you can compare the activity units for a particular enzyme between brands (9).


SummaryProteolytic enzyme supplements are available in many forms and can contain both plant- and animal-derived enzymes. Look for brands that list the potency of their enzymes in activity units on the label.


Pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT) is often used in the treatment of pancreatic insufficiency, cystic fibrosis, certain types of cancers such as pancreatic, colorectal and stomach cancer, or after gastric or pancreatic surgery (10, 11, 12, 13).


Another study found that when people with indigestion took a supplement containing proteolytic enzymes, they experienced a significant improvement in bloating, abdominal pain, belching, heartburn and loss of appetite (16).


SummaryProteolytic enzymes may aid the digestions of protein, reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, decrease inflammation, ease muscle soreness and speed recovery after surgery. Early-stage research suggests they may even help fight cancer cells.


SummaryYou can get proteolytic enzymes by eating papaya, pineapple, kiwifruit and fermented foods, or you can take a supplement. Be sure to read the fine print before buying supplements, checking for potency, quality, enzyme type and dosage instructions.


SummaryTo reap the benefits of proteolytic enzymes, consume more foods rich in them or choose a high-quality supplement. They may cause side effects in some people, including digestive distress, and can react with certain medications.


Proteolytic enzymes are a group of enzymes that work to break down the molecules of proteins (which appear as chain-like structures in the body). These structures are reduced into shorter pieces (called peptides) then further broken down into amino acids.


Marzin T, Lorkowski G, Reule C, et al. Effects of a systemic enzyme therapy in healthy active adults after exhaustive eccentric exercise: a randomised, two-stage, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial. BMJ Open Sport Exerc Med. 2017;2(1):e000191. doi:10.1136/bmjsem-2016-000191


Bolten WW, Glade MJ, Raum S, Ritz BW. The safety and efficacy of an enzyme combination in managing knee osteoarthritis pain in adults: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Arthritis. 2015;2015:251521. doi:10.1155/2015/251521


Mendes ML, do Nascimento-Júnior EM, et al. Efficacy of proteolytic enzyme bromelain on health outcomes after third molar surgery. Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Bucal. 2019 Jan 1;24(1):e61-e69. doi:10.4317/medoral.22731


Yaghoobi M, McNabb-Baltar J, Bijarchi R, Cotton PB. Pancreatic enzyme supplements are not effective for relieving abdominal pain in patients with chronic pancreatitis: meta-analysis and systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Can J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2016;2016:8541839. doi:10.1155/2016/8541839


A protease (also called a peptidase, proteinase, or proteolytic enzyme)[1] is an enzyme that catalyzes (increases reaction rate or "speeds up") proteolysis, breaking down proteins into smaller polypeptides or single amino acids, and spurring the formation of new protein products.[2] They do this by cleaving the peptide bonds within proteins by hydrolysis, a reaction where water breaks bonds. Proteases are involved in many biological functions, including digestion of ingested proteins, protein catabolism (breakdown of old proteins),[3][4] and cell signaling.


A seventh catalytic type of proteolytic enzymes, asparagine peptide lyase, was described in 2011. Its proteolytic mechanism is unusual since, rather than hydrolysis, it performs an elimination reaction.[8] During this reaction, the catalytic asparagine forms a cyclic chemical structure that cleaves itself at asparagine residues in proteins under the right conditions. Given its fundamentally different mechanism, its inclusion as a peptidase may be debatable.[8]


Proteolysis can be highly promiscuous such that a wide range of protein substrates are hydrolyzed. This is the case for digestive enzymes such as trypsin, which have to be able to cleave the array of proteins ingested into smaller peptide fragments. Promiscuous proteases typically bind to a single amino acid on the substrate and so only have specificity for that residue. For example, trypsin is specific for the sequences ...K\... or ...R\... ('\'=cleavage site).[11]


Proteases occur in all organisms, from prokaryotes to eukaryotes to virus. These enzymes are involved in a multitude of physiological reactions from simple digestion of food proteins to highly regulated cascades (e.g., the blood-clotting cascade, the complement system, apoptosis pathways, and the invertebrate prophenoloxidase-activating cascade). Proteases can either break specific peptide bonds (limited proteolysis), depending on the amino acid sequence of a protein, or completely break down a peptide to amino acids (unlimited proteolysis). The activity can be a destructive change (abolishing a protein's function or digesting it to its principal components), it can be an activation of a function, or it can be a signal in a signalling pathway.


Proteases are used throughout an organism for various metabolic processes. Acid proteases secreted into the stomach (such as pepsin) and serine proteases present in the duodenum (trypsin and chymotrypsin) enable us to digest the protein in food. Proteases present in blood serum (thrombin, plasmin, Hageman factor, etc.) play an important role in blood-clotting, as well as lysis of the clots, and the correct action of the immune system. Other proteases are present in leukocytes (elastase, cathepsin G) and play several different roles in metabolic control. Some snake venoms are also proteases, such as pit viper haemotoxin and interfere with the victim's blood clotting cascade. Proteases determine the lifetime of other proteins playing important physiological roles like hormones, antibodies, or other enzymes. This is one of the fastest "switching on" and "switching off" regulatory mechanisms in the physiology of an organism.


PURPOSE Conventional medicine has had little to offer patients with inoperable pancreatic adenocarcinoma; thus, many patients seek alternative treatments. The National Cancer Institute, in 1998, sponsored a randomized, phase III, controlled trial of proteolytic enzyme therapy versus chemotherapy. Because most eligible patients refused random assignment, the trial was changed in 2001 to a controlled, observational study. METHODS All patients were seen by one of the investigators at Columbia University, and patients who received enzyme therapy were seen by the participating alternative practitioner. Of 55 patients who had inoperable pancreatic cancer, 23 elected gemcitabine-based chemotherapy, and 32 elected enzyme treatment, which included pancreatic enzymes, nutritional supplements, detoxification, and an organic diet. Primary and secondary outcomes were overall survival and quality of life, respectively. Results At enrollment, the treatment groups had no statistically significant differences in patient characteristics, pathology, quality of life, or clinically meaningful laboratory values. Kaplan-Meier analysis found a 9.7-month difference in median survival between the chemotherapy group (median survival, 14 months) and enzyme treatment groups (median survival, 4.3 months) and found an adjusted-mortality hazard ratio of the enzyme group compared with the chemotherapy group of 6.96 (P


Streptococcus pyogenes, a significant bacterial pathogen, secretes two enzymes showing remarkable specificity for IgG; EndoS and IdeS. EndoS (Endoglycosidase in Streptococcus pyogenes) efficiently and specifically hydrolyzes the functionally important N-linked glycan of IgG [8], and treatment with EndoS abrogates the pathogenic activity of IgG in mouse models of autoimmune disease [9], [10]. IdeS (Immunoglobulin G-degrading enzyme of Streptococcus pyogenes) is a cysteine proteinase which cleaves IgG with a unique degree of specificity in the hinge region [11], [12], and in a recent study the enzyme was found to block the development of IgG-induced arthritis in a mouse model of disease [13]. In the present work we further investigate the potential of IdeS for the treatment of conditions involving pathogenic IgG antibodies. The results demonstrate that the enzyme in vitro efficiently cleaves IgG in human whole blood, removes IgG from the blood circulation of rabbits without any side effects, and cures mice from lethal IgG-induced thrombocytopenia. 041b061a72


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