Molecules of Life

What is an active site?

Each enzyme has an area called the active site in which catalytic activity is carried out. The active site is shaped in a way that reduces the energy barrier to carrying out the chemical reaction it is meant to perform. It’s important to note that, while the reactant(s) must bind at the active site initially, they must also be released after the reaction has been carried out.


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