Secretase meaning

sēkrə-tās, -tāz
Any of three subtypes of a protease located in cell membranes of the brain. In Alzheimer's disease, a secretase (designated beta) degrades amyloid precursor proteins into fragments that accumulate to form beta-amyloid plaques.
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Any of three subtypes of a protease located in cell membranes of the brain. In Alzheimer's disease, a secretase (designated beta) degrades amyloid precursor protein into beta-amyloid peptides that accumulate to form amyloid plaques.
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Origin of secretase

  • secret(e) –ase

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition