, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 173-178

Does any enzyme follow the Michaelis—Menten equation?

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A literature search has been conducted to see to what extent steady-state kinetics studies in the period 1965–1976 have revealed deviations from Michaelis—Menten kinetics. It was found that over 800 enzymes have been reported as giving complex curves for a variety of reasons and a group by group classification of all these enzymes has been carried out listing all the types of variations reported and the authors' explanations. In addition, for highly complex curves, we have determined the minimum degree of the rate equation. There were very few determined attempts to demonstrate adherence to the Michaelis—Menten equation over a wide variety of experimental conditions and substrate concentration and almost invariably detailed experimental work revealed unsuspected complexities. For these reasons, it is concluded that the assumption that most enzymes follow the Michaelis—Menten equation can not be supported by an appeal to the literature.