Sucrase is an enzyme that breaks sucrose down into glucose and fructose. What happen to the chemical bonds in sucrose when it binds to the enzyme sucrase?

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Dec 23, 2017

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The bonds between the glucose and fructose molecules making up the disaccharide sucrose break due to the enzyme sucrase, and water is added as #"H"# and #"OH"# to the two molecules. This is called a hydrolysis reaction.

Hydrolysis is a chemical reaction in which water (hydro) breaks (lysis) a chemical bond in a dimer (two molecules bonded) and polymer (many molecules bonded) by adding #"H"# to one molecule and #"OH"# to the other molecule.