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Nature 197, 799 (23 February 1963); doi:10.1038/197799a0

Significance of the Michaelis Constant


Department of Biochemistry, University of Edinburgh.

THE Michaelis–Menten1 equation relating initial velocity of a simple enzyme-catalysed reaction to initial substrate concentration is: where ν is the initial velocity of reaction, e is the initial enzyme concentration, s is the initial substrate concentration, k 3 is the velocity constant of the breakdown of the enzyme-substrate compound into enzyme and product of the catalysed reaction and K is the substrate concentration at which ν is half-maximal.

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