What chemical reactions take place when a biological catalyst combines with a reactant (substrate) to form an unstable intermediate?

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Enzymes are biological catalysts, and they are very common in nature. In fact, all living cells need enzymes to continue their function. Without enzymes, chemical reaction in cells would not be fast enough to keep the balance of life.

Enzymes are keyed to react only with certain Substrates , or chemical reactants. This way, they do not cause uncontrolled reaction in every cell. Like inorganic catalysts,...

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