Volume 92 Issue 50 | p. 5 | News of The Week
Issue Date: December 15, 2014 | Web Date: December 11, 2014

Enzyme Catalysis Is A Moving Experience

Enzymology: Not only do enzymes accelerate reactions, they propel themselves around
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Analytical SCENE
Keywords: enzymology, enzymes, active site, heat of reaction

Enzymes have been studied for more than a century, but a new study reveals an aspect of their behavior that has gone almost completely unrecognized until now. The research shows that enzymes are pushed around in solution by forces generated by the reactions catalyzed in their active sites.

The work shines a light on a basic but unappreciated aspect of enzyme behavior. It could lead to a better understanding of the way motor proteins move . . .

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