Dynamics of Molecular Recognition in Enzyme-Catalyzed Reactions
The initial chemical reaction step of a large number of complicated processes in living organisms is the association of a low molecular weight ligand to a specific macromolecular binding site. Among the examples for this observation we find substrate enzyme and hormone receptor reactions as well as metal ion activation of proteins and other functionally important biomacromolecular processes. Frequently, the ligand-binding phase is described in anthropomorphic terms such as recognition, discrimination and selection. The meaningful use of these words is, however, limited if more than just binding is to be expressed.
KeywordsEnzyme Catalysis Charge Number Reaction Partner Diffusional Approach Association Rate Constant
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