cathepsin

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cathepsin

[kə′thep·sən]
(biochemistry)
Any of several proteolytic enzymes occurring in animal tissue that hydrolyze high-molecular-weight proteins to proteoses and peptones.
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Cathepsin V belongs to a class of proteases called cysteine proteases, and has been shown to be expressed in excessive amounts in certain cancers.
senior vice president of research and preclinical development and chief technical officer of Axys, added that Cathepsin V is only one of several therapeutic targets at Axys for which high-resolution structures have been obtained.