What type of protein speeds chemical reactions?

1 Answer
Nov 20, 2016

Enzymes are proteins which catalyze, or 'speed up', chemical reactions.


'Speeding up', also known as catalysis, is the process by which the rate of a chemical reaction increases. Proteins, which are like the laborers of the cell, which catalyze chemical reactions are called enzymes. One example of an enzyme is glucosidase, which takes maltose, a disaccharide, and splits it up into two monosaccharides (glucose) much more quickly than a molecule of maltose could split into two glucose molecules independently.