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What is an Enzyme?

is a specialized protein that speeds up or starts a chemical reaction without being changed by the reaction
- allows chemical reactions in the cells to happen fast enough to meet the new body's need


Thousands of enzymes in a cell each have a unique what?

They each have a unique function


What is a Catalyst?

A catalyst is a substance that speeds up a reaction between substances without being affected by the reaction


Enzymes are related to catalysts how?

Enzymes are a group of proteins that act as catalysts


Why do cells only need a low concentration of many different enzymes to function?

Since enzymes do not change during chemical reactions, cells only need a low concentration of many different enzymes


What is Activation Energy?

is the energy need to start a reaction
- enzymes lower the amount of energy needed to start a reaction


What do Digestive Enzymes do?

Digestive enzymes decrease the amount of heat energy needed during digestion


Enzymes are specific to what?

Enzymes are specific to the compounds with which they will react


What is the Lock-and-Key Model?

1. Enzyme is compared to a lock
2. The key represents the substance being changed, known as the substance
3. The key must be inserted in the right spot in the right way
4. The keyhole, or active site, is where the substrates attaches to the enzymes


The Lock-and-Key model is limited for what reason?

is limited by research indicating that the substrate does not turn when inserted into the active site and an enzyme is not a perfect match to the substrate


What is the Induced-Fit Model?

The induced-fit model addresses the limitations of the lock-and-key model


What happens in the Induced-Fit Model?

The active site temporarily changes the shape of the enzyme to allow the reaction to occur, then returns to its original configuration after the reaction


All enzymatic reactions follow the same basic process, what are they?

1. Enzymes and substrate combine to form an enzyme-substrate complex
2. Enzyme-substrate complex is unstable and breaks apart, leaving the enzyme to act again on another substrate


How do Coenzymes work?

1. By attaching to the enzyme and changing its shape so the substrate can fit in the active site
2. attaching to the substrate and changing its shape so it will fit the active site of the enzyme
3. acting as a transfer agent by accepting an atom or molecular group and transferring it to another compound


Vitamins and minerals are important coenzymes including?

The B Vitamins, Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc


What is the Nomenclature for enzymes (accepted in 1961)?

1. Enzymes are named for the types of reactions or substances for which they are the catalyst
2. The root name for the enzyme and the substrate are the same
3. Enzymes end in -ase


What is the exception to this naming system for enzymes?

Some enzymes had already been identified before the new naming systems


What are the 3 categories of digestive enzymes?

1. Proteases break apart proteins
2. Lipases break apart lipids
3. Carbohydrases break apart starches and sugars


Some enzymes have more than one what?

Some enzymes have more than one name


What is the other name for the Enzyme Sucrase?

Sucrase is also known as invertase because the mixture of glucose and fructose is often called Invert Sugar


What is Water Availability and how does it apply to Enzymatic Reactions?

Water must be available to act as a reactant as well as a solvent in enzymatic reactions


Lack of water does what to enzymatic activity?

The lack of water slows or stops enzymatic activity


Enzymatic reactions will not occur in what kind of products?

Enzymatic reactions will not occur in dry products
- Water must be a reactant in the breakdown of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins


How does the concentration of a solution affect Enzyme Activity?

1. The more substrate in the solution, the greater the rate of the reaction is
2. The rate of enzymatic reaction increases as the concentration increases, up to the saturation point


How does Temperature affect Enzyme Activity?

Heat increases enzyme activity, as in blanching vegetables before freezing


How do Acids and Bases affect Enzyme Activity?

A pH that is too high or too low will denature an enzyme


What are Electrolytes?

can prevent enzymes from reacting with a substrate


What are Enzyme Inhibitor?

prevents enzyme-substrate complexes from forming


What do Enzyme Inhibitors do?

1. Change the shape of the enzyme or the substrate
2. Help protect foods from bacteria and mold by stopping the digestive enzymes they release from working


Where do Enzyme Inhibitors occur?

The occur naturally in a wide variety of foods from animal and plant sources