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What is the purpose of a reaction coordinate diagram?

Depicts the relative free energy values of reactants/products


What is ∆G‡ ?

The activation energy = the energy barrier between the reactants and products which prevents many spontaneous processes from occurring at measurable rates.


What is the equation relating ∆G‡ and the reaction rate k? What does this mean?

k = (kB.T/h).e^(-∆G‡/RT) h = 6.53 x 10^-34 J.s The higher activation energy, the lower the rate of the rxn


How does ∆G‡ explain the stability of complex high energy molecules like sucrose?

Without it, the molecules would break down into their low-energy constituents (CO2 and H2O) and we would have no sugar in our pantry!


How long is the lifespan of transition states?

10^-13 seconds


Difference between transition states and intermediates?

States: bumps on diagram vs intermediates: wells


What does a catalyst do?

They increase the rates of reactions by lowering the activation energy to reach equilibrium (Keq) faster


Is the catalyst changed by the reaction it speeds up?



What is the magnitude of the reduction of the activation energy provided by the catalyst proportional to?

The degree of rate enhancement


How do you write the magnitude of the reduction of the activation energy provided by the catalyst



Draw a reaction coordinate diagram

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What does the velocity of the rxn depend on?

Rxn path and reactant concentration 


What is the equation for the velocity of the rxn?

v = k. [A]a.[B]b


What is the equation for the velocity of a 1st order rxn?

v = k.[A]


What is a first order rxn?

A --> P 


What is the definition of velocity?

The change in product concentration over time


Why are rxns including more than 2 reactants very rare?

Because the probability of 3 or more reactants colliding simultaneously is very low


What are examples of first order rxns?

Radioactive decay, isomerization, elimination, and many hydrolysis rxns b/c H2O is in excess 



What is a second order rxn?

2 A --> P


A + B --> P 


What is the velocity equation for a second order rxn?

v = k. [A]2


v = k.[A].[B]


What is t1/2 dependent on for second order rxns?



[A] AND [B] 


What are zero order rxns?

Enzyme-catalyzed reactions, where the reactants are present in great excess over the enzyme so that once the enzyme is saturated with substrate, further increases in substrate concentration will not noticeably increase the rate of the reaction. 



What is the equation of a reaction of a substrate with an enzyme (with reaction rates)?

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What is the general expression for the velocity of the rxn of a substrate with an enzyme?

v = d[P]/dt = k2[ES]


What is the equation of the rate of production of the ES?

d[ES]/dt  =  k1[E][S] - k-1[ES] - k2[ES]


What is the steady state assumption?

After a rapid transient phase of the reaction, [ES] remains essentially unchanged (formation of ES = break down of ES, which does not necessarily mean that E is saturated) until nearly all of the reactants are consumed:

d[ES]/dt  =  k1[E][S] - k-1[ES] - k2[ES] = 0


What is the definition of the initial velocity? Equation?

Velocity that is achieved after the steady state has been reached but when less than 10% of the substrates have been consumed

v0 = k2 . [ES]


What is the maximal velocity? Equation?

The velocity achieved when the enzyme is completely saturated with substrate ([E]T = [ES])

Vmax = k2 . [E]T



What is KM? What is the theoretical definition of KM? Experimental definition? Equation?

The Michaelis constant

Combination of the positiive and negative rate constants influcing the formation of ES

 v0 = Vmax/2 when KM = [S]

KM = k-1 + k2 / k1


What is the Michaelis-Menten equation?

v0 = Vmax . [S] / KM + [S]


What is KM often equal to?

The dissociation constant kd = k-1/ k1


What is the catalytic constant or turnover number of the enzyme? Equation? What is it sometimes equal to?

It's a measure of catalytic efficiency of the enzyme 

kcat = Vmax / [E]T

Sometimes equal to k2 for simple rxns 


What does a higher kcat mean for the enzyme?

More efficient enzyme 


What does a higher kcat /KM mean for the enzyme?

Higher catalytic efficiency


What does it mean for an enzyme's efficiency to approach the diffusion control limit? How do we think this catalytic efficiency is achieved by the enzyme? Examples?

It means everytime they bump into the substrate they convert it to product because the ultimate limit ito its efficiency s how frequently it bumps into the substrate, which is dependent on diffusion

Maybe they have a channeling mechanism to bring substrates right to their active site 

eg: catalase and superoxide dismutase


How do some enzymes' efficiency approach the diffusion control limit? What is important to note about this?

They have evolved that way to be as efficient as they should be to carry out their physiological role. This is dependent on the concentration of the substrate in the body, how they're regulated, etc. 

This does not mean that they are better enzymes, some diseases arise from mutations increasing the catalytic efficiency of enzymes (eg: kinases --> oncogenes) 


Draw a Lineweaver-Burk plot.

How to calculate the slope?

Slope = ∆y/∆x

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What is another name for a Lineweaver-Burk plot?

Double reciprocal plot 


Describe competititve inhibition

Inhibitor binds at active site: 
Apparent KM increases 
Apparent Vmax stays the same
Lines intersect on the y-axis
Overcome by: increasing [S]


Describe uncompetitive inhibition

Inhibitor binds ES complex ONLY at a site created only upon E-S binding (conformational change or binds to both) 
Apparent KM decreases: [ESI] formation depletes [ES], therefore to maintain [ES] to [E] equilibrium, more [S] binds to [E]
Apparent Vmax decreases (as a result of removing activated complex)
Lines do not intersect, they are parallel

Overcome by adding more enzyme 


Describe mixed inhibition

Inhibitor binds at allosteric site to either E or ES complex (maybe at sites that are both the substate binding and the active site)
Apparent KM decreases or increases 
Apparent Vmax decreases 
Lines intersect close to the x-axis (on it if noncompetitive)
Overcome by: increasing [E]


What is inactivation of an enzyme?

Special situation wherein the inhibitory molecule irreversibly reacts with the enzyme


What does the inactivator do to the enzyme?

It decreases the effective [E]T at all concentrations of substrates 


What are 2 types of inactivators?

1. Reagents that modify AAs that are required for catalysis

2. Suicide substrates: competitive inhibitors that bind irreversibly to the substrate binding pocket (usually by covalent modification) 


What is the difference between an enzyme's binding site and active site?

Active site is where the chemistry of catalysis occurs

These sometimes overlap up to 100% 


What is an example of drugs that are enzyme inhibitors?

Lipitor and Zocor are inhibitors of HMG-CoA reductase, and Vioxx and Celebrex are inhibitors of prostaglandin H2 synthase also known as cyclooxygenase 2 or COX-2


What do competitive inhibitors often resemble?

The substrate or the reaction's transition state 


What is special about enzyme inhibitors that are transition state analogs?

They often bind the enzyme with Ki lower than KM (more tightly) so are very effective 


What can inhibitors that are transition state analogs be used for? 2 purposes 


1. Very effective so can be used as lead molecules in drug discovery

2. Used to help discern the mechanism of the reaction since the transition state is usually not easily isolated (can confirm a theory about what we think the transition state looks like)

eg: statins are competitive inhibitors of HMG-CoA reductase (enzyme to produce cholesterol)


What does the alpha of the inhibitor represent? What is it equal to?

Effectiveness of the inhibitor

alpha = 1 + [I] / Ki


What is alpha'?

Alpha for uncompetitive inhibition


By what function are Vmax and KM decreased in uncompetitive inhibition?


Equal decrease!


Is one type of inhibitor better when it comes to designing drugs? Which one?

Yes! Uncompetitive inhibitors:

In a metabolic pathway, the product of one reaction is the substrate for the next. If an enzyme in the middle of such a pathway is inhibited competitively, the build-up of product from the previous reaction can easily overcome the effect of the inhibitor. Thus uncompetitive inhibition would be more effective. 


What is noncompetitive inhibition?

When a mixed inhibitor is used and ki = ki'


Draw the table that summarizes the different types of reversible inhibitors and their effect on Vmax and KM

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Describe the structure of myoglobin

Very compact with virtually no internal space available for water molecules 


What is the main difference between venous and arterial blood?

Venous has less O2


What is an advantge of using protein enzymes over ribonucleic acid enzymes?

They can be regulated through many mechanisms


How much faster are enzyme-catalyzed rxns?

106-1012 times faster 


Under what conditions do enzyme-catalyzed rxns occur?

Conditions that we typically think of as being compatible with life, i.e. temperatures below 100°C, atmospheric pressure, aqueous environments, and nearly neutral pH.


What are the 5 rate enhancement mechanisms employed by enzymes?

1. Proximity and orientation

2. Transition state binding

3. Acid-base catalysis

4. Covalent catalysis

5. Metal ion catalysis


Describe proximity and orientation catalysis

Proper orientation of reactants, arrest of relative motions in an “entropy trap” facilitate the reaction. Once the reactants have been immobilized, a bimolecular reaction becomes virtually unimolecular.


How much faster are enzyme-catalyzed rxns using proximity and orientation?

Up to 108


Describe preferrential binding of the transition state catalysis. By what factor is the rxn rate increased?

The enzyme has a high affinity for the substrate's transition state thereby increasing the concentration of the transition state and lowering its free energy and will increase the rxn rate by a factor of:



What is ∆GB? What does it often compensates for?

It's the binding energy of the enzyme-substrate and one of the largest energy contributors to ∆∆G

It compensates for the large loss of entropy associated with immobilizing the reactants 


What are the 3 types of acid-base catalysis? Explain each

1. General acid catalysis is a process in which partial proton transfer from a Brønsted acid (a species that can donate a proton) lowers the free energy of the transitions state.

2. General base catalysis occurs when the rate is stimulated by partial proton abstraction by a Brønsted base (a species that can accept a proton).

3. Specific acid-base catalysis occurs when the catalytic effect are due SOLELY to the ions produced by the solvent


What are the 8 AAs that can participate in acid-base catalysis?

Asp, Glu, Lys, Arg, His, Cys, Ser, Tyr



Describe covalent catalysis

Formation of a covalent bond between the enzyme (or coenzyme) and substrate. This species is a stable reaction intermediate which must decompose in the final stages of the reaction (usually by addition of H2O)


What is necessary for an AA to participate in covalent catalysis? What are the 5 AAs that often participate?

Must be good Nus and good leaving groups: His, Cys, Ser, Tyr, and Asp


Can CO bind myoglobin?



Describe metal ion catalysis (3 ways of operating)

1) by binding to substrates so as to orient them properly for the reaction

2) by mediating oxidation-reduction reactions through reversible changes to the metal ions oxidation state

3) by electrostatically stabilizing (i.e. shielding) negative charges.


What is the difference between metalloenzymes and metal-activated enzymes?

Metalloenzymes contain tightly bound metal ions, while metal-activated enzymes loosely bind metal ions from solution.


Can an enzyme drive the reverse rxn?



What is the normal state of the iron atom in Hb? What is it called?

Fe2+ = ferrous state


What happens to the pK of AAs that can participate in acid-base catalysis?

They often are changed because acids can be found in their base form and vice versa 


How do you recognized covalent catalysis?

The enzyme is bound to the enzyme entirely at some point (not just Hs moving around like in AB catalysis)


What is an example of covalent catalysis?

Chymotrypsin cleavage of peptides


What is an example of acid-base catalysis?

Rnase A catalyzed hydrolysis of RNA 


What is an example of metal ion catalysis?

Thermolysin, which catalyzes the hydrolysis of peptide bondscontaining hydrophobic amino acids. 


What types of catalysis does lysozyme use?

Proximity and orientation, transition state binding, general acid base and covalent catalysis 


Is proteolytic activation of an enzyme reversible?



What are 2 possible ways of activating an enzyme?

Proteolytic activation (proenzyme cleavage) or reversible covalent modifications (eg: phosphorylation) 


What is the difference between cofactors and coenzymes?

Coenzymes: metal ions

Coenzymes: organic molecules 


What does apoenzyme mean?

Enzyme w/o its cofactor or coenzyme


What does holoenzyme mean?

Enzyme w/ its cofactor or coenzyme


What is an example of allosteric regulation of an enzyme?

Aspartate transcarbamoylase (ATCase) which is stimulated by ATP and down-regulated by CTP


What does K1/2 refer to?

The substrate concentration at which the rxn is half maximal when using an allosteric regulator: Km for allosteric enzymes 


What does the plot of v0 versus [S] look like for an allosteric enzyme? Why?

Sigmoidal curve because even without the regulator bound to the enzyme there will be cooperativity between the binding sites themselves 


What does the enzyme lysozyme do?

It destroys bacterial cell walls 


What are the 4 types of cooperativity?

1. Positive: the binding of a regulator increases the affinity for the substrate at another binding site 

2. Negative: the binding of a regulator decreases the affinity for the substrate at another binding site 

3, Homotropic: the binding of a regulator affects the binding of the same substrate at another binding site 

4, Heterotropic: the binding of a regulator affects the binding of a different substrate at another binding site 


What does cooperative binding require the enzyme to have?

More than one binding site for substrates


What physical properties of the enzyme can an allosteric regulator affect?

K1/2 (the Km) of allosteric enzymes and kcat


What is feedback inhibition? Example?

The end product of a pathway inhibits a step in the beginning of the pathway (the committed step)

Most often occurs through allosteric regulation

The allosteric enzyme ATCase catalyzes the first step in the synthesis of CTP, which inhibits it


What are the T and R states?

T state: lower affinity for the substrate

R state: higher affinity for the substrate 


How is binding of O2 to Fe in heme communicated to the other subunits in hemoglobin? What is this called?

Tertiary conformational changes that affect the quarternary structure:

Binding of O2 → electron cloud shrinks = radius decreases → induction of Fe up in the ring → upward shift of 0.6Å in proximal histidine bound to Fe → shift in orientation of alpha helix F at the alpha2/beta1 and alpha1/beta2 interface → dimers are freer to move with respect to one another → more energetically favorable for other subunits to bind O → increase in binding affinity of other subunits 

The Perutz mechanisms!


What is the heme group composed of?

Protoporphyrin bound to ferrous iron (Fe2+) via its four pyrrole rings --> 4 coordination sites on Fe


Other than the 4 pyrrolle rings, what other atoms is the Fe in heme bound to?

1. Proximal histidine
2. Oxygen


What is the geometry of protoporphyrin?



When O2 is not bound to Fe in heme, where does Fe lie with regards to the ring and why?

Bound at 5 sites, the Fe is still too large to fit into the hole of the heme group, and thus lies 0.3 Å below the ring. This is mainly due to its interaction w/ the proximal His


What % of blood mass is Hb?



Describe the structure of Hb

4 polypeptide chains (two α chains and two β chains; α2β2) held together by non-covalent interaction + heme group on each


Other than binding O2 what else does Hb do?

It removes H+ and COfrom the tissues


What is a protomer?

Individual component of a multimeric protein that contains several identical subunits


What are the 4 interfaces in Hb?

Fixed: α1β1 and α2β2 

2 confirmations possible: α1β2 and α2β1 


Can α1 and α2 interact in Hb?



What are the 2 ways in which globin helps the heme group function?

1. It protects Fe2+ from being oxidized to Fe3+ (when heme is oxygenated it is not oxidized)

2. It strengthens its binding to O2 relative to CO (carbon monxide) 


What is methemoglobin? What does it look like? 

Oxidized (ferric: Fe3+) hemoglobin

Dark brown 


Can methemoglobin bind to O2



Through what interactions are the 2 poplypeptide chains within each dimer (α1β1 and α2β2) held together? What are these due to?

Mostly hydrophobic interactions between hydrophobic AAs on the surface buried in the interfaces


What kind of cooperativity does O2 binding to Hb display?

Homotropic positive cooperativity 


What does θ or YO2 represent?

The saturation of Hb with O2


Describe the dissociation curve of Mb



What does the sigmoidal shape of the Hb saturation curve result from?

The combination of 2 hyperbolic binding curves: 1 for the T state and one for the R state 


When happens to the stability of the R state when O2 is low? 

The R state is less stable than the T state (i.e. has a lower ∆Gfold


How much bigger is the affinity for O2 for the 4th molecule?

300-fold greater than for the first O2 bound 


Which histidine is the proximal one?



What is the Bohr effect? Write out the equation and explain the 2 mechanisms by which this happens 

The ability of CO2 and Hydrogen in intercellular spaces to alter hemoglobin's affinity for oxygen, especially on the T state 

HbO2 + H+ <=> HbH+ + O2

Decrease in O2 → Increase in CO2 → Increase in H+ →  Negative side chains are placed near histidines → Decrease in their pKas →  Increase in H+ binding → Added protonization of N-termini AAs →  Stabilization of T state → Decrease in Hb's affinity for O2 → Hb releases O2


CO2 reacts with Hb's alpha chain N-terminus → forms carbamate (- charge): covalent bond between the 2 → stabilizes T state → decreases Hb-O2 binding affinity → favors O2 release


Decreased PCO2: increased or decreased affinity for O2?



Increased affinity: right or left shift of the curve?



Decreased pH: increased or decreased affinity for O2?



Acidosis: increased or decreased affinity for O2?



Fetal hemoglobin: increased or decreased affinity for O2?



Decreased affinity: right or left shift of the curve?



Bohr effect: right or left shift of the curve?



Decreased temperature: increased or decreased affinity for O2?



Increased pH: increased or decreased affinity for O2?



Increased PCO2: increased or decreased affinity for O2?



High 2,3-BPG (produce in red blood cells during glycolysis): increased or decreased affinity for O2?



Alkalosis: increased or decreased affinity for O2?



Increased temperature: increased or decreased affinity for O2?



Carbon monoxide poisoning: increased or decreased affinity for O2?



Adaptation to high altitudes (low pO2): 6 steps in order?

1. increased respiration2. increased O2 affinity for hemoglobin (initially)3. increased rate of glycolysis4. increased 2,3-BPG in red blood cells over a 12-24 hour period5. normalized O2 affinity restored by increased 2,3-BPG6. increased levels of hemoglobin, after days or weeks


PO2 = 100 mmHg = ? hemoglobin saturation → what tissue?

100% Lungs


PO2 = 40 mmHg = ? hemoglobin saturation → what tissue?

80% tissues during rest


PO2 = 20 mmHg = ? hemoglobin saturation → what tissue?

30% tissues during exercise


What is the effect of 2,3-DPG on Hb?

Negatively charged 2,3-DPG in RBCs forms salt bridges with a positively charged pocket within Hb formed by the 2 β-subunits that is only present in the T state → stabilizes the T states and therefore contributes to Hb's binding cooperativity


What is 2,3-DPG?

The most abundant organic phosphate in the RBC w/ a concentration equivalent to Hb 


What does the binding curve of pure Hb (w/o 2,3-BPG) look like?

The Mb binding curve


How does CO2 travel from tissues to lungs? 2 ways Which one is the main pathway?

1. By attaching to Hb's alpha unit N-terminus: carbamate formation (covalent bond)
2. Through the blood via HCO3-: when pH increases in lungs, it goes back in the RBC and is converted back to CO2: main pathway


What can alter the concentration of 2,3-DPG in an RBC? 3 ways

1. Increases in response to chronic hypoxia (obstructive pulmonary emphysema or high altitude) 

2. Increases in response to chronic anemia: fewer than normal RBCs are available to supply the body’s O2 needs

3. Sometimes not enough: Hbs are O2 traps and can be fixed by adding inosine which can enter the RBC, its ribose moiety released, phosphorylated and fed into the hexose monophosphate pathway, eventually being converted to 2,3-DPG


Explain the effect of carbon monoxide (CO) binding to Hb

CO binds the heme group → Hb shifts to R state → Affinity for O2 increases (saturation curve resembles Mb's) → Hb cannot release O2 to the tissues 


How does the affinity of Hb to CO compare to that to O2?

200-fold greater 


What % of heme sites bound to CO is fatal?



Why does fetal Hb have a higher affinity for O2 than maternal Hb?

Fetal Hb is composed of αγ subunits, as opposed to αβ → A critical difference in the γ subunit is Serine instead of His143 → only 4 binding sites for 2,3-BPG instead of 6 → 2,3-BPG binds more weakly to fHb and does not stabilize fHb T state as well → fHb is more likely to be in the R-state than mHb, thus it has higher affinity for O2 → giving the developing fetus better access to oxygen from the mother's bloodstream.


At what age does HbA synthesis start to replace HbF?

During the 8th month of pregnancy 


When the rxn rate is increased by a factor of e∆∆G‡/RT​ what kind of catalysis is happening?

Preferrential binding to the transition state


Draw the rxn of carbamate formation?

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What happens when a metabolite binds preferrentially to the T or R state?

It stabilizes that state 


Which carbon atoms of protoporphyrin IV do not lie in the same plane as the planar rings?

Those that are part of the 2 propionic acids 


What functional groups can bind CO2 and H+?

Certain terminal amino groups 


Are the AA sequences of Hb and Mb the same?



What can block the binding of Hb and CO2?

The binding of Hb and potassium cyanate (KCNO)


What does the HbS dissociation curve look like?

Same as HbA: sigmoidal


What is a hallmark of first order rxns?

The time for half of the reactant to be used, the t1/2, is independent of the concentration of reactant (the actual amount of product will vary)


What is the difference between enzymatic catalysts and non-enzymatic catalysts?

Non-enzymatic catalysts speed the rate of reactions, but they often speed the rate of other possible reactions at the same time. This produces side products, essentially any product other than the intended product.