About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Enzymatic Biochemistry chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Enzyme function||Activation energy, enzyme-substrate complexes and active sites|
|Tuesday||Factors affecting reaction rates||Substrate concentration, optimum temperature and solution pH|
|Wednesday||Coenzymes||Examples of organic molecules aiding enzyme function|
|Thursday||Prosthetic groups||Examples of metal and organic ions aiding enzyme function|
|Friday||Enzyme regulation||Activators, competitive inhibition and noncompetitive inhibition|
1. Function of Enzymes: Substrate, Active Site & Activation Energy
In this lesson, we'll learn how enzymes function to lower the activation energy of a chemical reaction. Enzymes bind to their substrates to perform all kinds of important and essential cellular processes, as well as processes that help you enjoy a slice of pizza!
2. Function of Enzymes: Environmental Effects
Enzymes appreciate the right working conditions. Can you blame them? We all work best in the correct environment. In this lesson, we'll learn how substrate concentration, temperature, and pH affect enzyme activity and structure.
3. Coenzymes, Cofactors & Prosthetic Groups: Function and Interactions
Some enzymes require helpers to recognize a substrate or complete a reaction. These helpers include cofactors, coenzymes, and prosthetic groups, which are required for some enzymes' functions.
4. Enzymatic Reactions: Inhibition and Regulation
Enzymes are generally not allowed to run uncontrolled in a cell. While they are useful in catalyzing reactions, there is a time and place for everything. In this lesson, we'll discuss enzyme activators and inhibitors that regulate these reactions positively and negatively, respectively.
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