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    (Original post by chelseafan)
    Please help, i'm stuck on this question.


    Thanks.
    Well, amylase breaks down starch, and I suppose there isn't much starch in the blood to break down

    Also, bear in mind that enzymes can only attach to complementary (specific) substrates and form enzyme-substrate complexes.
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    Well, amylase breaks down starch, and I suppose there isn't much starch in the blood to break down

    Also, bear in mind that enzymes can only attach to complementary (specific) substrates and form enzyme-substrate complexes.
    Thanks very much. Also why is there more amylase in the blood when the pancreatic duct is blocked?
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    Thanks very much. Also why is there more amylase in the blood when the pancreatic duct is blocked?
    No idea about that, sorry
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    No idea about that, sorry
    (Original post by chelseafan)
    Thanks very much. Also why is there more amylase in the blood when the pancreatic duct is blocked?

    There's a few reasons that it might be, and depends on the blockage. It could even be unrelated (i.e. due to a Gall Bladder infection). There has to be an elevated Lipase level to safely say that it's pancreatitis.


    There's a few different reasons it causes increased levels, mainly due to build ups of the secreted bile and pancreatic juice when the ampulla of Vater is blocked at the at the constricted distal end. As this interferes with the interaction with the duodenum, pancreatic juices aren't drained properly.

    This means that an excess will be picked up by the superior mesenteric artery.



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