Enzyme Kinetics

  • P. Kontro
  • S. S. Oja


Biological research has benefited greatly by studies on reaction kinetics; in particular, those carried out with enzyme-catalyzed reactions have been rewarding. Thorough kinetic analyses constitute an essential part in the characterization of any enzyme. In neurobiology, the general principles of enzyme kinetics have also been applied to phenomena other than metabolic reactions proper, e.g., carrier-mediated membrane transport, drug—receptor interactions, or transmitter-binding to postsynaptic membranes. Neurobiologists thus often need a basic knowledge of enzyme kinetics even if they are not directly involved in problems of enzymology and intermediary metabolism. It is to be regretted that at present, enzyme kinetic methods are frequently misused in neurobiology when sound consideration of their fundamental principles and inherent limitations is neglected. Furthermore, oversimplified treatment of data may be deceptive, leading to erroneous conclusions and wasting good experimental work. On the other hand, very elaborate treatment is difficult to accomplish successfully. Moreover, primary observations in biological experiments, in which an exact control of all contributing factors is not within the bounds of possibility, are seldom accurate enough for extremely sophisticated analyses.


Substrate Concentration Enzyme Kinetic Reaction Velocity Succinate Semialdehyde Sequential Mechanism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Kontro
    • 1
  • S. S. Oja
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biomedical SciencesUniversity of TampereTampereFinland

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