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Carbonic anhydrase is found in red blood cells where it catalyses the reaction forming carbonic acid from carbon dioxide and water.

  • Carbonic anhydrase is found in red blood cells where it catalyses the reaction forming carbonic acid from carbon dioxide and water. This enables red blood cells to transport carbon dioxide from the tissues to the lungs but it only occurs if zinc is present.

Identify each of the following components in this reaction.




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Substrate(s) Carbon Dioxide and Water
Product(s) Carbonic Acid
Cofactor(s) Zinc

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