Hydrolysis of a dipeptide

This animation shows how a peptide bond in the middle of a dipeptide may be broken (hydrolysed).

This takes place as a result of the addition of water.

This splits the bond, supplying -H to one end and -OH to the other.
Hydrolysis of a dipeptide

The result is 2 individual amino acid molecules.
This breakdown is normally achieved as a result of the action of a protease enzyme.
However, the same result may be obtained when a dipeptide is heated for some time in acid (this is called acid hydrolysis).

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