ENZYME TREASURE HUNT (30 points)
INSTRUCTIONS: USE THE WEBSITES BELOW TO LEARN ABOUT ENZYMES AND TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS BELOW
1.) What is the purpose of enzymes?
2.) Enzymes are proteins so they are made of what?
3.) Enzymes are usually substrate-specific. In other words, they only work on one thing. What is the only thing the enzyme maltase can work on?
4.) What causes a person to be lactose intolerant?
1.) What enzyme allows termites to eat wood and cows to eat grass?
2.) What enzyme inhibitors are being considered for fighting the AIDS virus? What do they do?
3.) What enzyme is needed to make DNA?
4.) Most enzymes end in what 3 letters?
1.) If enzymes in our body began to “shut down,” what impact would this have on digestion?
2.) What does it mean to denature an enzyme?
3.) What are enzymes considered to be “biological catalysts?” (Hint: use 2nd and 3rd paragraphs)
1.) What analogy is used to describe enzyme/substrate interaction? Why is it a good analogy?
**NOW, USE WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM THE ABOVE WEBSITES TO ANSWER THE “BIG QUESTION” IN 4 OR 5 SENTENCES
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO STUDY ENZYMES?