Can enzymes be denatured by mercuric chloride?
Usuallu 0.1% mercuric chloride is used for surface sterilization. Mercuric chloride reacs with ligth and will loose its activity if it is exposed to light, especially for a longer duration.. So usually fresh mercuric chloride is used (can be stored for a max of 1 or 2 weeks) and dont forget to store in amber coloured bottles, or cover the bottle
Enzymes are denatured (their shape is changed so it doesn't work) when boiled Answer: enzymes whose optimum pH and temperature is well below the boiling point ( of water?) will be denatured and there are a few enzymes which works best at the higher temperature and hence does not get denatured...eg: The Taq polymerase!!!
Enzymes require certain temperatures to function. They become denatured if the temperature is too high or too low. If an enzyme is denatured, it can no longer function. Therefore, if your body temperature is too low, the enzymes will become denatured and cease to function. The process of denaturation is on a continuum, however. If the temperature is slightly lower than normal, but not too low, the enzymes will still function, but at a lower…