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    A polypeptide is heated to 60(degrees Celsius) with concentrated hydrochloric acid in order to break it down to its constituent amino acids.
    What is the type of reaction that has occurred?

    I'm not sure how to "react" to this question?!
    I've always that hydrolysis was the only thing that could break a peptide bond!

    Please help
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    lol nice joke and maybe it could be thermal decomposition, if not then it might be hydrolysis
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    I think THINK its hydrolysis.. im in A2 bio did this last yr and learnt that breaking proteins requires hydrolysis.
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    Hydrolysis by breaking hydrogen bonds...maybe.
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    I would say hydrolysis too but using HCl?
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    yes, hydrolysis of polypeptides is always done using HCl...remember HCL is aqueous so it has water which is the actual hydrolysis reagent and HCl could be the catalyst.
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    (Original post by DarkSunshine)
    A polypeptide is heated to 60(degrees Celsius) with concentrated hydrochloric acid in order to break it down to its constituent amino acids.
    What is the type of reaction that has occurred?

    I'm not sure how to "react" to this question?!
    I've always that hydrolysis was the only thing that could break a peptide bond!

    Please help
    Hydrolysis, I'm pretty sure of it.
 
 
 
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