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3.3 Michaelis-Menten Kinetics

3.3 Michaelis-Menten Kinetics


For the purposes of our analysis we will assume "steady state kinetic conditions". That is, [S] and [P] are changing, but [ES] does not change (a constant flux of S "through" the enzyme). Mathematically, this can be written as:

Also (from conservation of matter):

		[E]tot = [E]free + [ES]		(2)
(the total enzyme is either bound to substrate or free)

Divide Vo = k2[ES] (eq.1 on the previous page) by [E]tot:
Now, since d[ES]/dt = 0, we know that the rate (velocity) of formation of [ES] must equal the rate of breakdown of [ES].

	Vformation = k1 [E]free[S]    (2nd order rate equation)
	Vbreakdown = k2 [ES] + k-1 [ES]
		   = (k2 + k-1) [ES]  (Two 1st order rate equations)
	k1 [E]free[S] = (k2 + k-1) [ES]  (Rates must be equal)
rearranging, solving for [ES]:

If we define the Michaelis-Menten Constant, Km (The "m" stands for Michaelis-Menten - these equations were formulated by Leonor Michaelis and Maud Menten in 1913.):

and substitute it into (3), we get:

This is an important equation.

Now, let us rearrange (2) to [E]free = [E]tot - [ES]

and then substitute into (4), giving:

Then, solving for [ES] gives:

Then multiply top and bottom by Km to get:

Finally, substitute into (1) to get:

This is the expression for Vo in terms of known quantities.


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