6: An Introduction to Biocatalysis
Published:11 May 2017
R. Wever, R. J. M. Goss, E. Spence, X. Tong, and A. F. Hartog, in Contemporary Catalysis: Science, Technology, and Applications, ed. P. C. J. Kamer, D. Vogt, and J. Thybaut, The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2017, pp. 131-155.
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This chapter provides the basis for understanding the parameters that determine the catalytic activity of enzymes. These kinetic parameters are discussed in some detail. The strategies that enzymes use to convert a substrate into a product are described and illustrated using specific examples. In addition, the origin of the unsurpassed chemo-, regio- and stereoselectivity of enzymes is discussed.