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Calculating reaction rate constants and estimating the efficacy of selective enzyme inhibitors

Calculating reaction rate constants and estimating the efficacy of selective enzyme inhibitors

Analytical Biochemistry 383(2): 323-325

The dynamic steady state of a pair of forward and backward enzymatic reactions is dependent on the balance between the enzymes catalyzing the reactions. By selectively inhibiting one or more of the enzymes involved, this balance is shifted into a new steady state, making it possible to calculate the reaction rate constants after measurement of the reactants. Ideally, the inhibitors should completely eliminate either reaction, but this is often not the case. Here we present and discuss a method for calculating the reaction rate constants and, thus, for evaluating the efficacy of one or more inhibitors when introduced to a forward-backward pair of enzymatic reactions.

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PMID: 18831958

DOI: 10.1016/j.ab.2008.09.011

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