What is optimum pH for lipase?
Starch will begin to be broken down into simpler polysaccharide molecules by salivary amylase. The enzyme lipase is also present in saliva but is usually inactive at the pH of saliva (around pH 6.2) and consequently will not act upon lipids (fats and oils) until it reaches the stomach where the pH is lower (and nearer to the enzyme's optimum PH.)
Enzymes only work best at a certain pH. This is called an optimum pH for that enzyme. An example is the enzymes found in the stomach. The pH found there is very acidic (around pH2). If this same enzyme was in another part of the body it would either not work well or maybe not at all. The proper pH keeps the protein shape of the enzyme. Anything above or below that can stop it…
Optimum pH of most enzymes is 7. Optimum pH is pH at which enzyme shows maximum activity . It all depends to the particular enzyme you are talking about, there is no general rule. for example in human pepsin catalyse the reaction at high acidic pH (1.5 to 3) whereas trypsin has optimum pH falls between 7 to 9 (neutral to basic).
Every enzyme works at its maximum rate at a specific temprature called as optimum temprature for that enzyme. AND all enzymes work at their maximum rate at narrow range of pH, called as optimum pH. A slight increase or decrease in pH causes the retardation in enzyme activity or blocks it completely.
every enzyme has specific optimum temperatures and pH. 1. The pH is very specific even a minor change of .5 will cause the enzyme to denature. 2. The temperature is less specific all enzymes will work below the optimum temperature but the reaction will be slower. Above the optimum temperature the enzyme will denature. Note the optimum temperature of the human body is around 37.5 degrees C and the optimum pH is around 7.3.