Enzymes - 1 Enzymes Amanda Medina Biology 124L Section 130...

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2 Introduction Enzymes are protein molecules. Enzymes are not the cause of chemical reactions, but they are what make the chemical reaction react faster. Enzymes also lower the temperature of a substance (Couch and Burger 2004). Enzymes make sure that chemical  reactions in organisms occur fast enough to maintain life. Without enzymes reactions would take too long for  life to exist (Wraith 2008).  Nearly all chemical reactions that take place in living organisms require their assistance (Cain, et. Al., 2007). When molecules are removed from an aqueous solution the enzyme activity is reduced (Serdakowski and Dordick 2008). There are other molecules that have a similar shape to the substrate molecule (Couch and Burger 2004). This molecule tries to attach to the active site just like the substrate, but when this happens the reaction does not take place. Sometimes molecules can be similar in shape to the substrate, and they try to attach to the active site. By doing this it inhibits the reaction from taking place (Couch and Burger 2004). My hypothesis for experiment 1 is that the enzyme tyrosinase will react with pyrocatechol to produce hydroxyquinone. From this my predictions are that the substrate
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course BIO 124 taught by Professor Caralee during the Spring '08 term at New Mexico.

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