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Introduction

  • Thomas E. Barman

Abstract

Living organisms possess complex networks of chemical reactions each of which is controlled by an enzyme. Enzymes are proteins of unique properties: they are biological catalysts possessing extraordinary efficiency and specificity properties and able to effect almost every type of chemical reaction. An enzyme not only controls a particular chemical reaction but it also prevents unacceptable side reactions from occurring. In many cases enzymes themselves are subject to complex control mechanisms. In a word enzymes are essential to life: a thorough understanding of their reaction mechanisms and of their synthesis and control are of paramount importance towards any understanding of life.

Keywords

Equilibrium Constant Allosteric Site Purification Factor Molecular Weight Information Allosteric Property 
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