The Effect of Enzymes on Hydrogen Peroxide Decomposition

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What is the function of enzymes in a living system?
Enzymes speed up metabolic reactions necessary for life. Without them certain vital processes would not take place and the body would be unable to function.
Difference enzymes work better under different conditions. Where in a human body might it be beneficial to have enzymes work in very acidic environments?
In areas, like the stomach, that have a pH of two would benefit by having enzymes that function well in acidic environments. An example of such an enzyme is pepsin.
There is a large amount of catalase found in a human liver. Does the liver break down more hydrogen peroxide in the summer or winter? Explain your answer.
More hydrogen peroxide will be broken down in the summer compared to the winter because higher body temperatures equals more enzyme activity.
Many enzymes end with “ase”. Come up with your own enzyme, then name and explain what this enzyme does. Draw the enzyme and the substrate in the space provided below along with the enzyme-substrate complex.
My enzyme would be olestrase. It would break down the lipid olestra and make it usable for the human body.

Recent advances have allowed humans to mass-produce certain enzymes. Research one such enzyme and explain how this enzyme has been used to benefit society.
Coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone) is a naturally occurring substance which has properties potentially beneficial for preventing cellular damage during myocardial ischemia and reperfusion. It plays a role in oxidative phosphorylation and has membrane stabilizing activity. The substance has been used in oral form to treat various cardiovascular disorders including angina pectoris, hypertension, and congestive heart failure. Its clinical importance is now being established in clinical trials worldwide.
Amylase is an enzyme that aids in the digestion of starches and has an ideal…...

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