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Crystallographic Studies of Enzymes

by T. Doohun Kim 1,* and Kyeong Kyu Kim 2,*
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Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Science, Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul 04310, Korea
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Department of Precision Medicine, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Suwon 16419, Korea
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Crystals 2020, 10(1), 6; https://doi.org/10.3390/cryst10010006
Received: 14 December 2019 / Accepted: 18 December 2019 / Published: 20 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Crystallographic Studies of Enzymes)
Enzymes are biological catalysts, which work to accelerate chemical reactions at the molecular level in living organisms. They are major players in the control of biological processes such as replication, transcription, protein synthesis, metabolism, and signaling. Like inorganic catalysts, enzymes function by decreasing the activation energy of chemical reactions, thereby enhancing the rate of the reactions. Enzymes are widely used for chemical, food, pharmaceutical, medicinal, analytical, clinical, forensic, and environmental applications. Therefore, studies on their structure, mechanism, and function, using a wide range of experimental and computational methods, are necessary to understand better enzymes in biological processes. For this special issue, “Crystallographic Studies of Enzymes", we have collected research papers on enzymes with structural aspects and functional aspects; here we briefly discuss the contents of such research papers as follows, with the aim of suggesting new directions of investigation in the fields of enzyme research, protein engineering, and drug development. View Full-Text
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Kim, T.D.; Kim, K.K. Crystallographic Studies of Enzymes. Crystals 2020, 10, 6.

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