Enzyme Kinetics

  • A. A. Aszalos

Abstract

The function of an enzyme is to catalyze a chemical reaction. The progress of the catalysis can be followed by quantitative measurements of the rate of formation or disappearance of the molecules participating in the reaction. Investigation of the rate of catalysis under various conditions contributes to a clarification of the mechanism of action of an enzyme, to an understanding of its biologic role in vivo, and to a definition of the unit of the particular enzyme under study. All these possible applications of enzyme kinetics involve the mathematical formulation and analysis of the behavior of the system under study. The mechanism of action has been elucidated for only a few enzyme reactions. Therefore, the kinetics of most enzymes are based on postulated pathways and mechanisms of action.

Keywords

Entropy Hydrolysis Catalysis Adenosine Bicarbonate 

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