How Does The Enzyme Concentration Change The Concentration Of Trypsin

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A protein is an organic compound, consisting of nitrogen, hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen. Proteins are often referred to as being ‘the central compound for life’. (Moulton) An enzyme refers to a protein that folds into complex shapes, which allow smaller molecules to fit inside of them, this is known as the active site. Enzymes are biological catalysts that speed up chemical reactions in living organisms. ( Trypsin is an enzyme important to the digestion of proteins in the body. The protein is produced in the human body, within the pancreas, in the inactive form of trypsinogen, this is then converted into active trypsin through a procedure known as enterokinase. Enterokinase is an enzyme produced by the mucosa of the small intestine; its only function is to activate trypsinogen to trypsin. (NJ)…show more content…
This is a process called autolysis, which is used to regulate the trypsin levels in living organisms. (Worthington). This experiment was conducted to discover how changing the enzyme concentration of trypsin affects the reaction rate when digesting the milk proteins. Changing the enzyme concentration causes will increase, or decrease, the rate of reaction as more or, less, enzymes will be colliding with the substrate molecules. However this will only increase up to a certain point where the enzyme concentration is not the limiting factor. Studying the effect of increased enzyme concentration can only be done when the substrate is present in excess amounts. Any change in the amount of product formed over a specified period of time will be dependent upon the level of enzyme present.
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