Questions tagged [enzymes]

Enzymes are globular proteins that catalyse a biochemical reaction, increasing the overall rate by reducing activation energy. Most chemical reactions in a cell need enzymes in order to occur at rates sufficient to sustain life.

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Why are we unable to fully utilize abzymes in biological studies and pharmaceutical industries?

Abzymes are specific antibody molecules that may function as potential catalysts for several biological reactions because of the similarity of antibody-substrate complex formed to that of enzyme-...
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Cooperative Enzyme Question

I'm currently studying for the MCATs. After doing some biochemistry practice questions, I came upon a question that I believe may be incorrectly posed. I was wondering if I'm correct in saying this or ...
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How do NSAID's work and what are the differnces between COX-1 and COX-2? [closed]

NSAID's work by slowing down the COX enzym, but how do does enzymes cause pain? because I've read that they're also needed for the body and do "good" things.
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How could pharmaceutical metabolizing bacteria be used to synthesize them?

Lets say I have a pharmaceutical "P". It can be broken down by enzymes of one strain of bacteria into two molecules one of which can be further metabolized enzymatically by a different strain of ...
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which enzyme phosphorylates sodium potassium pump?

I know that Na+/k+ pump possess atp-ase function; so the pump will hydrolyze ATP into ADP + Pi. And I see in a figure that the pump is phosphorylated but couldn't really find which protein catalyzes ...
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Does digestion require hydrochloric acid?

Would our digestion function any differently if we secreted something else, like sulfuric or nitric acid, instead? I'd assume an acidic environment may be required, but not sure if chloride is also ...
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Can the heart and other muscles function without creatine/phosphocreatine?

Skeletal muscles in the body have a small reserve of ATP. During the first few seconds after contraction, phosphocreatine is used by the enzyme creatine kinase in order to phosphorylate ADP to ATP ...
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Does eosinophil-derived neurotoxin attack the helminth nervous system?

I had always assumed that EDN's purpose was to attack the nervous systems of helminths and similar multicellular parasitic organisms, given the function of eosinophils. The enzyme was named due to its ...
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How do fatty acid and polyketide synthases handle the varying size of their substrates?

Polyketide synthesis involves six modules, each containing certain common constituent enzyme activities (KS, AT, KR) that are involved in extending the chain (see e.g. Dutta et al.(2014) ). The ...
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Adzuki vs Black Beans vs Soy Nattokinase Content?

Is anyone familiar with whether or not Adzuki Beans, Black Beans or other such fermentation substrates contain similar levels of Nattokinase as would the traditional Japanese Soy Bean Natto? Is there ...
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How can P450 distinguish between foreign and native compounds?

It is my understanding that P450 enzymes are capable of selectively degrading compounds that enter the cell from the outside (e.g. synthetic drugs) without damaging compounds that are metabolic ...
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How long does an enzyme work?

I googled this, and I found only that shelf lives are around 2-3 years, but the enzymes use to work even after 5 years if you store them properly. I'd like to know how long I can use an enzyme in ...
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How do DNA, enzymes, hormones etc. reach their proper cellular locations?

I was trying to understand DNA transcription from this chapter, and there seems to be no explanation on how exactly the proteins, enzymes and other molecules manage to find each other inside the cell. ...
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Enzyme inhibitors against common cold viruses

Would some inhibitors of viral enzymes work against common cold viruses? Are there any studies? What could a treatment look like?
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Which enzyme is Nick Lane referring to?

In Life Ascending the author, Nick Lane, refers to an enzyme in his introduction: '' It concerns an enzyme (a protein that catalyses a chemical reaction) that is so central to life that it is found ...
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Do we know how dangerous six-eyed sand spiders are?

The Sicariidae family contains the well-known and dangerous Loxosceles spp. (fiddle-backs, violin spiders). The family's other two genera, Sicarius and Hexophthalma (six-eyed sand spiders) have ...
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Are all enzymes proteins?

So throughout my education and research career I have been taught that all enzymes are proteins. This makes sense when you consider enzyme denaturing and folding/shape etc. However, I was recently ...
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Are there any enzymes without aromatic amino acids?

I'd like to try a new spectroscopic technique to study enzymatic reactions (which reaction doesn't especially matter, something simple and with fast kinetics like catalase would do fine - I'm just ...
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How to calculate the turnover number?

I understand that Kcat (turnover number) = Vmax/total enzyme concentration. However the formula I have been given is Kcat = specific activity/molecular mass of enzyme. What is the relationship ...
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How can we quantify the effect of pancreatin (biological enzyme) on the clarification of milk powder

Alright so I'm trying to quantify the rate at which casein (protein constituent of milk powder) is converted into a product (I am unaware of) by pancreatin (a biological enzyme that speeds up the ...
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What are the effects of enzyme exposure to high temperatures? [duplicate]

Question: After enzymes are exposed to high temperatures and undergo denaturation, then returned to their optimal temperature and renatured, can the enzyme's active site return to it's original shape ...
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Why does M1 RNA together with C5 protein in 100mM Mg(II) fail to cleave tRNA?

Sidney Altman discovered that RNA moeity of RNAse P (M1 RNA) alone is able to perform enzymatic cleavage of ptRNA, which won him the Nobel Prize of Chemistry in 1989. However, when I read the Nobel ...
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Michaelis Menten kinetics - Plotting to find V-max and Km [closed]

In dealing with the question above I know that if we plot 1/v against 1/[isocitrate] we can get V-max = 1/intercept and Km = slope/intercept. However when I express the two rows of values in ...
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Why are plants unable to take up Phosphorus directly in their organic form like Phytic Acid?

I am researching acquisition strategies of phosphorus by decidious trees. I am reading a lot that plants take up nutrients as their inorganic form. In the case of P according to literature this is ...
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How cells determine how many enzymes are needed for digestion

How do pancreatic cells, epithelial cells of the stomach and intestinal epithelium cells determine the right amount of enzymes for digesting carbohydrates, proteins, fats? How does the pancreas ...
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Question about vitamin b6 product and cycling

Can the b6-product of a vitamin b6 reaction such as transaminase be recycled back to active vitamin b6 in man, and if so by means of what reaction?
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Is egg white lysozyme different from bacterial lysozyme?

Someone told me that microbial lysozyme has effect on gram negative bacteria but egg white lysozyme only affect gram positive bacteria. Is it true?
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Acute calculous cholecystitis

The action of mucosal phospholipases hydrolyzes luminal lecithins to toxic lysolecithins. The normally protective glycoprotein mucus layer is disrupted, exposing the mucosal epithelium to the direct ...
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Molecular Docking Enzyme Inhibitor Biosensor?

I had some task to study Molecular Docking relations with Biosensor and I am really new with this discipline (beginner). I am docking C60 with Glucose Oxidase and my question is: what would happen if ...
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Why don't phosphatases both add and remove phosphate groups if enzymes catalyze reactions in both directions?

We know that Phosphatase is a type of enzymes that removes a phosphate group. Why can't phosphatases add a phosphate group if we know that all enzymes reactions are reversible ?
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Michaelis-Menten equation; how to find the constants from enzyme activity experimental results?

I was wondering what the constants in the Michaelis-Menten equation actually mean in experimental data of enzymes. How do I process the data to find Km and Kcat? I did an experiment on catalase and ...
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How can enzymes be immobilised on glass?

I’m studying a hypothetical model for urease activity, which involves fluorescence measurement, hence the need for an optical window to which the enzyme urease is immobilised. From my previous ...
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Can experiments in ELISA kits be monitored via both fluorometry and photometry?

In my bioanalytics course slides, the professor has written at one point that in a heterogenous immunoassay such as ELISA, we use fluorimetry to measure concentration of an analyte. In another slide ...
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What does “operationally soluble” mean, re. Tax10 enzyme?

I am trying to work out whether the enzyme Tax10 is soluble or insoluble. I need to know if some buffers won't work with Tax10. I am trying to confirm Tax10 activity, having confirmed protein ...
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How do metal ions acting as enzyme cofactors “find” their respective enzymes?

Metalloproteins are metal-dependent proteins, i.e. they require certain metal ions (copper, magnesium, zinc, etc.) for their correct function in the body. Since proteins are manufactured inside cells ...
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How to convert between Kunitz units and Enzymatic units?

I've googled around and there has been the common answer of 1.5 U = 1 Kunitz Unit, but none of those answers have come from a reputable source, so I am really doubtful. :( The enzyme I use comes in ...
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What options exist to quantitatively detect enzyme activity in non-model insect tissue?

Evolution/genomics person here: what are the options to measure the activity or presence of broad categories of enzymes--like peroxidases or catalases--active in a specific tissue (in a non-model ...
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Why is pepsin able to operate at low pH?

Pepsin is a protease that operates in the acid pH of the stomach. Many proteins are denatured at low pH, and most enzymes — whether or not they denature — require a higher pH for activity. Why is ...
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Is this experiment to check enzyme reaction rate according to substrate concentration correct?

We just had an experiment to check enzyme reaction rate according to it's substrate concentration. In the experiment, we used a varying amount of substrate and the same amount of enzyme: (1.5mm enz, ...
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Are some polyketides enzymes?

I am currently reading a "book" (rather an article) called "Protein Modelling & Molecular Docking: Modeller, Autodock". The abstract starts with the following sentence : Polyketides are a ...
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Sugar metabolism in preserved/cryopreserved livestock semen

I wonder how can semen use di/tri-saccharide (e.g. sucrose, trehalose, raffinose) for spermatozoa metabolism in preservation/cryopreservation of livestock semen, since the semen itself never bring any ...
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HELP! How will pH 14 affect enzyme structure? [closed]

If a substance is very alkaline/ basic, e.g. a pH of 14, does this mean that there are near to zero H+ ions (or it is possible to have such a situation where there are zero H+ ions and it is still ...
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In the induced fit model for enzyme action, does the enzyme active site change slightly after products form? [closed]

The reason why I am asking is because I am looking at a past paper and they highlight that it does. I have attached it below. Could you explain why this is the case. I am just looking for a quick ...
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How does cell detect if a RNA polymerase II is stalled during transcription and in turn deploy the proper transcription-coupled repair factors?

When a segment of the template strand of DNA is damaged due to factors such as UV radiation, a lesion is created that would effectively block the passage of RNA polymerase II during transcription. ...
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What is the protocol for extracting Protease Onion?

I am Investigating the protease concentration in certain fruits and vegetables. I am unable to find the protocols for the extraction from onions. I want to purify my protein using the ammonium ...
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Confusion about mitochondrial electron transport chain Complex I Wikipedia article title

The Wikipedia article title for Complex I (the NADH dehydrogenase enzyme complex) is "NADH dehydrogenase (ubiquinone)". This is confusing to me because this title sounds like ubiquinone is another ...
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How exactly is casein digested?

I mean it seems first step is rennin or pepsin digestion in stomach - then what happens with remaining peptides? I am interested in the whole process from casein to amino acids. Is there brush border ...
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How can RNAse degrade any RNA?

Every RNA has an unique sequence. Since RNAse is an enzyme and substrates react to its active site in a lock-key mechanism, how is RNAse able to degrade any kind of RNA?
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What are the enzymes with the lowest concentrations in a cell?

Or are there any enzymes which are only translated one time per cell?
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What does enzymatic equilibrium in % represent?

I am studying an enzyme which can catalyse a chemical reaction in both directions. The paper I am looking at is mentioning a thermodynamic equilibrium of 1% in the synthase direction. What does that ...