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Denaturation of Proteins; Enzymes and Enzyme Inhibition

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Denaturation of Proteins; Enzymes and Enzyme Inhibition MCB 150

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These notes cover all of the following: Explain the process of protein denaturation and renaturation, including the use of chaperones when necessary. Compare and contrast anabolic and catabolic r...
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Bradley G Mehrtens
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Enzymes, Biology, activation energy, Enzyme inhibition, anabolism, catabolism, chaperones, Denaturation
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  I. Explain the process of protein denaturation and renaturation, including the use of  chaperones when necessary.  II. Compare and contrast anabolic and catabolic reactions.  III. Categorize reactions in terms of energy transfer and change in free energy.  IV. Explain the energy of activation of a reaction and how it is decreased in the presence of  enzyme.  V. Describe the conditions that affect enzyme activity.  VI. Compare and contrast irreversible, competitive, and noncompetitive enzyme inhibition.    Protein denaturation    Denaturation, or the unfolding of proteins down to primary structure, occurs due to a variety of  different factors, which include:   ● High temperature­ can disrupt hydrogen bonds and hydrophobic interactions  ● A large change in pH­ some interactions depend on the acidity or alkalinity of amino acids  ● Salinity­ the ions can interfere with the ionic bonds that are holding the protein together    Molecular chaperones   ● Proteins that facilitate folding of polypeptide chains  ● Bind to hydrophobic stretches of protein in denatured proteins that would not normally be  exposed → blocks interactions that aren’t supposed to occur, allowing refolding     Energy   Catabolic and anabolic reactions:  ● Catabolic­ breaks down molecules for energy  ● Anabolic­ uses energy  for macromolecule biosynthesis   ● BAD MNEMONIC DEVICE: Catabolism sounds like cannibalism, and cannibalism involves  breaking down people for digestion………..     What does it mean for a reaction to be spontaneous?  ● They run in the direction that lowers the free energy   ● Gibbs free energy ΔG­ quantity that takes into account heat and disorder  ○ If ΔG>0, reaction is nonspontaneous, or endergonic  ○ If ΔG<0, reaction is spontaneous, or exergonic  ○ If ΔG=0, reaction is at equilibrium    For reactions to occur, reactants must   (1) collide in a precise orientation  Enzymes help do this because they make this orientation much more likely to occur.  Substrates bind to an enzyme’s ​active site​ with H­bonding, short­lived covalent bonds, and  other weak interactions between amino acids.    (2) have enough kinetic energy to reach the​ transition state, ​where the bonds in the original  substrates are all destabilized because new bonds need to be formed.  Amount of kinetic  energy required is also known as the ​activation energy.  Enzymes help do this because interactions between enzyme and substrate at the active site  stabilize the transition state, which lowers the activation energy.                                Enzymes  Since most enzymes are proteins, conditions that cause proteins to denature are likely to affect  enzymes as well.  ● Temperature affects the movements of the substrates and enzymes because higher  temperatures increase the kinetic energy of molecules  ● pH affects the enzyme’s shape and reactivity by affecting the charge on carboxyl and amino  groups in residue side chains    Inhibition   ● Reversible modifications: when molecules bind non­covalently to the enzyme to either activate  or inactivate it   ○ Competitive inhibition: regulatory molecule is similar in size and shape to the natural  substrate and inhibits catalysis by binding to the enzyme’s active site.  ○ Noncompetitive inhibition: regulatory molecule binds at an ​allosteric site​ (place that is  not the active site) which causes the enzyme to change shape so that its active site  can no longer bind with the natural substrate 


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