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Solvent Effects on Enzymes: Implications for Extraterrestrial Life

  • M. R. Heinrich

Abstract

Water plays many roles during the course of an enzymatic reaction. Its importance in maintaining the structural integrity of proteins has been emphasized repeatedly; water is also directly involved in many reactions as either a reactant or product. Additionally, there are more subtle effects of water influencing the ionization of charged groups, directing tertiary structure through interaction with hydrophobic and hydrophilic side-chains, binding at definite sites, and displacement during the course of reaction (1, 2).

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Ethyl Ester Solvent Effect Esterase Activity Planetary Exploration NASA Ames Research 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. R. Heinrich
    • 1
  1. 1.Planetary Biology DivisionNASA Ames Research CenterMoffett FieldUSA

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