Why does each different type of lipase act on only one specific type of lipid molecul

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Why does each different type of lipase act on only one specific type of lipid molecule?
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shape of the active site is complementary to a specific lipid. In terms of triglycerides, the fatty acids can be different lengths as well as saturated or unsaturated, so there are lots of different shapes they can be, meaning they won't all fit one enzyme
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(Original post by Aha Aha)
Why does each different type of lipase act on only one specific type of lipid molecule?
It is the key and lock model: the active site of the enzyme lipase matches to a certain shape of a lipid molecule. In other words: specific lipid molecule and the lipase are complementary to each other. That is why not all types pf lipase work on all sorts of lipid molecules.
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