Answer to Question #93376 in Biochemistry for Kylie

Answer to Question #93376 in Biochemistry for Kylie

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Question #93376

Distinguish between active site and allosteric site of an enzyme.

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An active site is a specific part of an enzyme formed by several amino acids that are directly involved in the catalysis. Active site binds substrate and catalyzes the reaction resulting in the production of a particular product. Allosteric site is a specific part of an enzyme formed by several amino acids that provide the modulation of enzymatic activity. Allosteric site binds a particular ligand that influences the rate of catalysis of the enzyme. This allosteric regulator may decrease (inhibit) or increase (activate) the enzyme altering the catalysis rate.

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