The purpose of this investigation is to study enzymatic behavior under various conditions using human actors to represent subcellular processes.
Enzymes are globular proteins that convert specific substrates to products by putting reactants together or breaking them apart. In our cells, enzymes act as catalysts that accelerate chemical reactions. If an enzyme is denatured, as may occur at unsuitably high temperatures, it will barely function, if at all. If the amount of substrate that interacts with the enzyme is reduced due to competitive inhibition, less product will be formed. If the concentration of enzymes is increased, more product will be formed, provided substrate is still available.