Enzymes

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Enzymes are necessary for a human to live a comfortable life every day. They give us the energy to move all of our muscles. An enzyme can be any of various proteins originating from living cells and that are capable of producing certain chemical changes in organic substances by catalytic action (Dictionary.com). Catalysts are a substance which lowers the amount of energy necessary for a chemical reaction to proceed and speeds up a metabolic reaction (Book). During activation energy the minimum amount for energy is being used to change a stable molecule into an active molecule. The substrate binds to the enzyme at a location called the active site just before the reaction catalyzed by the enzyme takes... View More »

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This test tube also should not produce Benzoquinone because there is no potato extract with Catechol Oxidase. Also the color most likely will not go over an intensity of 1.
The second experiment 8.4 Effect of Temperature on Enzyme Activity used six test tubes all with the same 2mL potato extract with Catechol Oxidase. They need to be placed in different temperatures; 0°C, 25°C, 40°C, 60°C, 80°C, and 100°C. After 5 minutes 2mL of Catechol Solution needs to be added. After another 5 minutes we have to record each test tubes color. From knowing that optimal temperature for enzyme activity is room temperature I would come to the belief that test tube #2 being in 25°C will have the dark brown color with the intensity of 5. Test tube #1 I believe will be a shade of brown but not dark enough, maybe an intensity of 3. Test tubes #3 and #4 are close in temperature so I believe they will be around an intensity of 4 with a light brown color. Test tubes #5 and #6 I think will change color but not much so I think an intensity between 1 and 2 with a light pink or whitish color.
In the final experiment 8.5 Effect of pH on Enzyme Activity seven test tubes filled all with the same 4mL of specific buffer (pH 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, and 12) and 2 mL of potato extract with Catechol Oxidase. We have to record the original color then place each in 40°C water for 5 mins. After that we need to add 2mL of Catechol Solution and then place them back in the same 40°C water for another 5 minutes. From knowing that a pH of 7 is optimal in life I would think that test tube #4, containing the pH of ...

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