Enzyme kinetics is the study of the rates of chemical reactions that
are catalysed by enzymes. Enzymes are molecules that manipulate other
molecules — the enzymes' substrates. These target molecules bind to an
enzyme's active site and are transformed into products through a
series of steps known as the enzymatic mechanism. The study of an
enzyme's kinetics provides insights into the catalytic mechanism of
this enzyme, its role in metabolism, how its activity is controlled in
the cell and how drugs and poisons can inhibit its activity. Knowledge
of the enzyme's structure is helpful in visualizing the kinetic data.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
King Ferdinand I of Portugal died without a male heir to the
Portuguese throne, resulting in a period of civil war and anarchy.
Millerites and members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church were
greatly disappointed that Jesus did not return as predicted by
American preacher William Miller.
The educational non-profit organization Toastmasters International
was founded at a YMCA in Santa Ana, California.
Pretty Boy Floyd, an American bank robber and alleged killer who was
later romanticized by the media, was gunned down by Federal Bureau of
Investigation agents near East Liverpool, Ohio.
Cuban Missile Crisis: U.S. President John F. Kennedy announced on
television that Soviet nuclear weapons had been discovered in Cuba and
that he had ordered a naval "quarantine" of the island nation.
Wiktionary's Word of the day:
consequently: As a result or consequence of something.
Wikiquote of the day:
Think for yourself and question authority. -- Timothy Leary