Asked Jan 25, 2019

Define enzyme denaturation in terms of protein structure. What environmental factors can denature enzymes?


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Proteins are macromolecules that consists of one or more long chains of amino acid (aa) residues. Enzymes are the molecules of protein that work as catalyst. Enzymes increase the speed of biochemical reactions. Protein denaturation involves disruption of secondary and tertiary structures. The denaturation reaction is not powerful enough to break peptide bonds; therefore, the primary structure of protein remains the same after the process of denaturation.

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In secondary protein structure, the alpha helix or beta pleated sheet are destructed and unfolds into a random shape. The bonding interactions responsible for the secondary and tertiary structure of the protein a...

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