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September 8, 1951

Enzymes and Enzyme Systems: Their State in Nature

JAMA. 1951;147(2):204. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670190104038

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To this first volume of memoirs from Harvard University's Laboratory of Physical Chemistry Related to Medicine and Public Health, eight experts contribute chapters on various aspects of the physical chemistry of enzymes. The work grew out of a symposium held in July, 1949, and is intended to stimulate interest in the field and further research rather than to serve as a definitive monograph.

Lehninger and Green have chapters on the behavior of enzymes in mitochrondia; Emil Smith writes of the role of metals in the action of enzymes; Maehly describes the splitting of peroxidase and its resynthesis from the split products; Chance discusses the thermodynamics of some heme enzymes; and, in the last chapter, Cohn, Surgenor, and Hunter consider the state in nature of proteins and protein enzymes of blood and liver. The printing and binding are worthy of a university press.

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