Aug '11
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MCAT Question of the Day | MCAT Course


  • Q:

    The pancreas is responsible for the release of a significant amount of digestive enzymes which assist in the absorption of nutrients from food. The pancreas often stores these enzymes in their nonactive, zymogen form. When the enzymes are pumped into the small intestine, they can be activated through cleaving enzymes. Which of the following correctly explains why these enzymes would be released in a zymogenic form?

     

    A

    To prevent pancreatic damage

    B

    To ensure that activation occurs prior to food entry into the duodenum

    C

    To prevent the retrograde flow of enzymes from the small intestine to the pancreas

    D

    To increase the catalytic rate of the digestive enzymes




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