Flashcards in The Digestive System - Organs And Enzymes (T2) Deck (17):
What organs make up the digestive system?
- gall bladder
- large intestine
- small intestine
Digestion is the breakdown of large molecules of food into smaller, soluble molecules of food that can be absorbed into the body and then used. It takes place along the alimentary canal and relies on enzymes.
Describe the liver..
- largest organ inside the body.
- makes bile: fluid that helps break down fats and gets rid of waste from the body
- changes food into energy
- cleans alcohol, some medicines and poisons from the blood
Describe the gall bladder..
The gall bladder stores the bile made in the liver, then empties it to help digest fats.
Describe the large intestine..
- also called the colon
- absorbs water and sodium from the stool
Describe the appendix..
- a pouch attached to the first part of the large intestine.
- no known function.
Describe the oesophagus..
- carries food from the mouth to the stomach.
- food is forced down by wave-like muscle contractions known as "peristalsis", which pushes the bolus towards the stomach.
Describe the stomach..
The stomach is where the digestion of proteins begins.
Describe the pancreas..
The pancreas is a gland that makes enzymes for digestion, and the hormone insulin, which helps turn food into energy.
Describe the small intestine..
Where most digestion occurs.
Describe the rectum..
The lower end of the large intestine, leading to the anus.
Describe the anus..
An opening at the end of the digestive tract where bowel movements leave the body.
What are the three most common digestive enzymes and what do they do?
- help to break down fats
- help to break down proteins
- help to break down carbohydrates
The enzymes involved in photosynthesis, respiration wind protein synthesis work inside cells and are sometimes known as "intracellular enzymes".
Digestive enzymes pass out into the gut where they catalyse the break down of food molecules.
What are these enzymes known as?
Describe the digestive enzyme amylase in detail..
- amylase is produced in the salivary glands, pancreas and small intestine
- it converts starch into sugars
- starch is a very large molecule that contains many glucose molecules joined together
- carbohydrase enzymes break the bonds between sugar molecules to make a small sugar molecule called maltose
- the final stage sees maltose split into glucose for absorption
Eg: when you chew food, amylase is released in the saliva, which starts the digestive process
Describe the digestive enzyme protease in detail..
- produced in the stomach, pancreas and small intestine
- converts proteins to amino acids
- proteins are large molecules that contain a long chain of amino acids joined end to end
- sometime also called polypeptides
- Proteases break the bonds between individual amino acids in the protein chain