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What are enzymes made of?

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Enzymes are proteins composed of unique strings of amino acids. They are triggered by chemical signals sent throughout the body and are responsible for a wide variety of essential biological functions.

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Each enzyme serves a single specific purpose determined by the genetic sequence of the amino acids it is composed of. Enzymes are found inside a cell's cytoplasm and are activated when the cell is contacted by specific chemicals in the body, allowing the enzyme to perform its function. They help the body break down nutrients for absorption, aid in the production of new cells, and help convert other materials in the body into substances that may be utilized for proper bodily functions.

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