# Questions tagged [enzymes]

Enzymes are macromolecular biological catalysts that alter the rate of a reaction. Use this tag for question regarding enzyme kinetics, classification and action.

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### What is an example of chemical reaction that can be assisted by both an inorganic catalyst and an enzyme?

I have been researching chemical reactions of inorganic catalysts and enzymes and cannot find a chemical process where an inorganic compound can be replaced by an enzyme (or vice versa) and have the ...
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### How to find the reaction rate in an enzyme reaction?

First time posting questions here, so let me know if I need to edit anything. I need to decide $dC/dt$ and $dP/dt$ when the reaction is like this, where I only know we must have 2 substrates $S$ to ...
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### Why does allosteric binding produce a sigmoidal curve?

Allosteric binding is where the enzyme can be regulated through having ligands bind onto somewhere that is not the active site. This will then induce a conformational change on the active site, hence ...
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### Why use Km in catalytic efficiency?

The catalytic efficiency of an enzyme is given by $k_{cat}/k_M$ where $k_{cat}$ is the turnover number, or the number of molecules that can be produced per second per active site of an enzyme. $K_{M}$ ...
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### Do phosphoryl thiocholines, their uncharged analogs, and other organophosphates, interact differently with Acetylcholinesterase?

As asked in the title, would the various salts -such as hydrochloride or methyl iodide- of V-Agents interact any differently with acetylcholinesterase compared to the neutral compound? For instance, ...
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### Is Km the concentration needed to keep the enzyme running at max speed?

$K_m$ is the Michaelis constant, which is the concentration of substrate needed to achieve a rate of $\frac{V_{max}}{2}$. $V_{max}$ is the maximum number of molecules that can be reacted per second. ...
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### How do enzymes affect a reaction's equilibrium?

I am not sure to understand something I read in a educational journal (1) Introduction Lets consider the following reversible enzyme-catalysed reversible reaction; E + S \leftrightharpoons ES \...
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### Differences in AChE inhibition kinetics between paraoxon and methyl paraoxon

According to literature, dimethyl paraoxon has a reaction rate constant for the aging (spontaneous dealkylation) of acetylcholinesterase of $\pu{0.186 h-1}$, a spontaneous reactivation rate constant ...
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### Differences in AChE inhibition kinetics between VX and VR

According to the referenced paper, VR has an AChE inhibition reaction rate constant almost 4 times that of VX. Interestingly, its reaction rate constant for aging of the enzyme is less than that of VX,...
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### Structure-Activity Relationship of Chlormephos and Parathion

According to the book "The Chemistry of Organophosphorus Pesticides", the insecticide Chlormephos (S-(chloromethyl) O,O-diethyl phosphorodithioate) has an oral LD50 in rats of 7 mg/k. ...
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### How can DI water inhibit peroxidase activity?

I'm troubleshooting an IHC staining issue, and according to Thermo-Fischer's website, "Deionized water can sometimes contain peroxidase inhibitors that can significantly impair enzyme activity.&...
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### Why is Chlormephos highly toxic despite requiring metabolic activation?

According to the book "The Chemistry of Organophosphorus Pesticides", the insecticide Chlormephos (S-(chloromethyl) O,O-diethyl phosphorodithioate) has an oral LD50 in rats of 7 mg/kg. For ...
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### Does the mechanism of AChE inhibition by Isoparathion depend on chirality?

It is known that the inhibition of acetylcholinesterase by isomalathion can proceed either with diethyl succinate as the leaving group or thiomethyl, depending on the specific stereoisomer of ...
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### Could shear force from blending denature alpha amylase / glucoamylase enzymes?

I am trying to break down the starches in a certain variety of oats in the most efficient way possible. I have to break the whole oats down after cooking, so they are finer particles for the amylases ...
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### Why are isomers of parathion less active acetylcholinesterase inhibitors than paraoxon?

Parathion itself has been found to be a very weak inhibitor of acetylcholinesterase. It normally requires metabolic activation and the conversion into paraoxon in the body to actually start exhibiting ...
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### What is the chemical reaction behind ginger milk curd?

Pouring hot milk into ginger juice solidifies the milk. All I know is that ginger juice contains Zingibain that could break down milk proteins into smaller polypeptides. I'm confused as though why is ...
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### How do structural differences between neostigmine and TL-599 contribute to differences in toxicity?

Stevens and Beutel studied the activity of several carbamate anticholinesterases. Among other things, they found that the (4-trimethylammonio)phenyl dimethylcarbamate iodide (The para-analog of ...
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### Why are S-thiocarbamates less toxic than carbamates?

According to Haley and Rhodes, neostigmine bromide (alternatively known as Prostigmine) has an LD50 in mice of around 0.165 mg/kg by IV injection. Pubchem claims that this is also the LD50 for ...
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### Can bis-quaternary aromatic compounds act directly on acetylcholine receptors?

The book Cholinesterases and Anticholinesterase Agents gives examples of bis-quaternary aromatic compounds that are capable of inhibiting acetylcholinesterase. Page 400 gives examples of some such ...
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### Reaction rate constants for the inhibition of cholinesterases by various carbamates

Darvesh et al. [1] have conducted a study on the anticholinesterase activity of various carbamates derived from phenothiazine. The authors measured the inhibition rate constants of rivastigmine for ...
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### PLP-Dependent Cyclization and Decarboxylation

I am looking at Compound A (see below) and am trying to figure out a decarboxylation mechanism that results in Compound B (see below). I have come up with an internal mechanism that might work that I ...
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### Does migraine medicine Topiramate work by supplanting Pyridoxal phosphate in enzymes?

I have seen it said that the precise mechanism of action of migraine medicine Topiramate is not known. But I certainly see a resemblance between that molecule and PLP (Pyridoxal phosphate, the ...
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### Does cellulase catalyze the hydrolysis (or break down) of soluble starch?

I’m attempting to perform an Iodometric redox titration to evaluate the vitamin c concentration in a particular solution. These solution have dissolved within them up to 2% cellulase enzyme. In an ...
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### Michaelis menten constant motivation behind 1/2?

So the michaelis constant is defined as the substrate concentration at half maximal „reaction-speed“. I was wondering why 1/2 ? I guess for higher values you need more substrate, which could be a ...
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### Where to find compounds IC50 on an enzyme?

I am looking for half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) values on a enzyme. I already searched through ChemBL, PubChem and BindingDB. The three seem to give consistent results. However, ...
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### Inactivation of enzyme: Why inactivation constants do not follow the Arrhenius equation? [closed]

The Arrhenius equation may not account for the temperature effect on thermal inactivation rate constants. Why can the thermal inactivation kinetics not be expected to follow Arrhenius? The reason that ...
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### How to calculate the kinetic order of an enzymatic reaction?

This question is concerning the metabolism of ethanol by an alcohol dehydrogenase enzyme. Usually people metabolize alcohol equivalent to "one beer per hour". One beer is said to contain 33cL. The ...