In this lesson you will introduce to biochemical reactions critical in the synthesis and breakdown of macromolecules. You will also learn about catalytic proteins known as enzymes, their mechanism of action and to represent a chemical reaction with and without a catalyst.
By the end of this lesson, students should be able to:
- identify and describe the four main types of biochemical reactions: condensation-synthesis, hydrolysis, neutralization and oxidation-reduction (REDOX) reactions.
- describe the main characteristic of enzymes and enzyme activity using free energy diagrams.
- use appropriate terminology related to enzymes such as catalyst, active site, competitor, inhibitor, allosteric regulation etc.
Lets examine first the four main types of biochemical reactions. Watch the video lesson below and take notes.
Below is a Note on Condensation-Synthesis and Hydrolysis Reactions. Please print it out and use it to prepare for a quiz or a test.
Continuing is the video lesson on Enzymes (part I- Enzyme Activity). Please take notes as you watch this video lesson.
Below is a diagram of an Enzyme-Catalyzed Reaction, Please print it out and add it to your notes.