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Post by kiekyon » Thu Feb 16, 2006 6:18 am

how are enzymes named?

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Post by army » Thu Feb 16, 2006 7:57 am

They're usually named after the reaction they handle as well as their substrate or their products. And they usually use suffix -ase.
e'g. RNA polimerase is an enzyme which helps RNA polimeration.
amylase degrade amylum.
you'd better read biochemistry book for more details

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Post by kiekyon » Thu Feb 16, 2006 9:40 am

:?: :idea: :wink: tq

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Post by Dr.Stein » Mon Feb 20, 2006 6:12 am

There are some ways to name enzyme. The basic one is already mentioned above. The second way is by their action type e.g. katalase to catalyze, kinase to make or create, lyase to lyse and so on. The other way is by numbers as a code, this really is for experts (I hate numbers grr) :)
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Post by cool A-level student » Thu Feb 23, 2006 11:42 am

yer like protease is called that because it breaks down protein
or lipase that breaks down lipids
always remember enzyme names normally end is ase other than a few like pepsin that break that rule

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Post by MrMistery » Thu Feb 23, 2006 6:23 pm

That used to go. Put with a few thousant enzymes being discovered every year, you can't really give all of them names. So now, enzymes, like other proteins, are simply given some numbers as their name. I don't know the exact procedure unfortunately...
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Post by kiekyon » Sat Feb 25, 2006 8:04 am

i've check and it seems that they are given 4 digits
the first digit refer to he class of enzyme
second refers to the class of coenzyme
the third, substrate
and the fourth refers to its registration no.

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Post by MrMistery » Sat Feb 25, 2006 7:07 pm

Thanks for the info. I already forgot it, but i will come back here if i ever need the info
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