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30. Enzymes function most efficiently at the temperature of a typical cell, which is 37 degrees Celsius. Increases or decreases in temperature can significantly lower the reaction rate. What does this suggest about the importance of temperature-regulating mechanisms in organisms? What do you think happens to your enzymes when you have a fever? Explain.
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Enzymes get denatured at high temps or at certain pH's.
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Think about heat and bonds: what would happen to bonds (i.e., Hydrogen-bonds, covalent bonds, electrostatic interactions, etc.)? Remember, changing bond length or breaking bonds, changes tertiary structure. This can cause problems during substrate and enzyme interactions.
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