The Key to Successful Experiment: Enzymatic Catalysis
For scientists and researchers, in order to realize the design and development of new products such as drugs, the first step is to ensure the success of their experiments. Therefore, every chemical reaction in the experiment is of vital importance, and it only takes one wrong move to end in a total defeat. However, the chemical reaction is complicated, and the speed of interaction between different chemical substances is also changeable. Therefore, how to ensure that the experimenters can quickly and accurately obtain the desired chemical reaction and successfully complete the experiment within the limited time? Enzymatic catalysis is one of the key factors, which is a strong guarantee for the correctness of chemical reactions and the success of experiments.
First of all, what is an enzyme? In fact, most enzymes are mainly composed of proteins, and some of them also contain some non-protein components. There are many kinds of enzymes in biological systems, which can be roughly divided into six types: hydrolases, oxidoreductases, lyases, transferases, ligases and isomerases. These enzymes play an essential role in people’s daily life. For example, respiration, digestion of food, muscle and nerve functions all depend on the role of enzymes in human bodies. This is because enzymes can bind to molecules and change them in a specific way, thereby increasing the speed of almost all chemical reactions in the cells. And it is precisely because of this characteristic of the enzyme that this substance is favored by experimenters.
Enzymes are generally highly specific, which means that enzymes only react with particular substrates. For instance, some enzymes possess absolute specificity, which indicates that they only act on sole substrate, while other enzymes show group specificity and can react with similar but different chemical groups, such as peptide bonds in different molecules. In addition, many enzymes are stereochemically specific and react with one stereoisomer but not another. It can be concluded that according to the different characteristics of enzymes, the mechanism of enzymatic catalysis is also distinct, and the process of its catalysis is very complicated as well. Therefore, researchers in various fields have tried every means to further understand the processes and mechanisms of chemical reactions between different enzymes and molecules.
Take the CD ComputaBio as an example. As a leading service provider for computational biology in the world, CD ComputaBio attaches great importance to the analysis and understanding of the catalytic activity of enzymes and the process of chemical reactions. In addition to traditional methods to determine the enzyme activity, CD ComputaBio also keeps pace with the development of knowledge and technology by integrating quantum mechanics with enzymatic catalysis. Through the global simulations of enzymatic catalysis, CD ComputaBio explains the mechanism of enzyme catalytic reaction at the atomic and electronic level, which successfully makes up for the limitations of the original method, and helps enrich the understanding of enzyme catalytic activity. All this also demonstrates that CD ComputaBio has advanced technology and rich experience in the field of computational biology, and has always been at the forefront of the development of this filed.
With the continuous in-depth exploration of scientists, the importance of enzymes in experiments is becoming more and more important. Only by using ceaselessly developed knowledge and technology to further expand the understanding of this huge and complex biochemical reaction process and mechanism can researchers make better use of enzymatic catalysis to successfully complete experiments and serve the research and development of new products.