? asked in Food & DrinkVegetarian & Vegan · 9 years ago

Difference between protein digestion and protein denaturation?

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  • 9 years ago
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    Denatured protein is just when you break up its quaternary and tertiary structure, but the amino acids are still linked in their order. Digestion is when you break up the protein strand into its amino acid components, they're no longer linked. Maybe even breaking down the amino acids to convert them into atp...if you need their energy.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    To use an analogy

    Digestion of proteins is like putting a key into a lock & opening it.

    Protein denaturation is like blowing the lock apart but the door remaining closed.

    Protein digestion breaks the structure of the various amino acids links into its components, whilst denaturation basically renders them ''gloop'' to the body which it cannot do anything with. Denaturation usually occurs under temperature, though other factors like pressure etc affect it.

    Source(s): vegan bio major > put it simply.
  • Edward
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    9 years ago

    Protein digestion breaks the structure of the various amino acids links into its components, and Protein denaturation is commonly defined as any noncovalent change in the structure of a protein. This change may alter the secondary, tertiary or quaternary structure of the molecules.

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